Marquee Wedding Venues

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Image by Imogen Xiana.

Did you spot our guide to planning a marquee wedding on Monday…? Well, if you didn’t then I’d highly recommend grabbing 5 minutes to read the wise words of our planning expert Katrina Otter Weddings. Kat’s covered it all – from finding the site, deciding on design, understanding practicalities, quotes and suppliers through to being nice to you neighbours!

If you have already read the post and decided canvas is for you, then take a little browse through this sample of venues. From marquee suppliers through to venues with marquee-lawns or permanent marquee structures, there’s bound to be a venue that ticks your particular box.

The marquee Collection

# 1

The Pearl Tent Company

The Pearl Tent Company is a Marquee hire company of distinction. Their aim is to provide excellence in both tents and service. Made in the UK from the finest white canvas, this juxtaposition of Eastern style and Western practicality is the essence of Pearl Tents success – making them the choice of the top wedding planners.

These unique wedding marquees are as stunning inside as they are out. The dramatic pyramid top creates a luxurious vaulted ceiling providing the ultimate light and airy wedding venue. From initial contact, to post event clear-up, the team strive to please with their bespoke service. Each and every wedding is treated with the importance it deserves.

# 2

Axnoller

Set in drop dead gorgeous country side in West Dorset, near the World Heritage site of the Jurassic coast, and the beaches at West Bay and Lyme Regis, this is a hidden gem like no other. With 360 degree jaw-dropping views, and no neighbours it is a must for a weekend wedding full of chilling, partying and fun.

Taking over Axnoller means having the most extraordinary estate, with ancient buildings converted to house cool contemporary interiors, as yours. With a small retinue of handpicked staff (only there when you need them) and 2 planners who know just how to throw a fabulous party, you cannot be in better hands. They can recommend traditional marquees or something a little more alternative – the choice is yours!

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Mita & Nathan’s Poundon House Wedding

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Images by Matt Horan Photography.

I could not love this wedding more. The colours, the fashion, the love. It has everything!

Mita & Nathan chose Poundon House for their English & Indian fusion wedding and it was perfect. With a stylish wedding ceremony in their Yellow Room and an outdoor traditional Hindu ceremony, this venue was the perfect exclusive-use country house for this gorgeous celebration!

Notes from the Bride

Mita:

Nathan and I got married at the beautiful Poundon House in Oxfordshire. The family run Country House is set in private grounds boasting amazing views of the Oxfordshire countryside. There were so many reasons why we chose Poundon House; it is a stunning property and expertly run by a lovely family. Despite its grand nature it always felt intimate and welcoming, like you were staying in a family home and Esmond and his family were amazingly accommodating.

It was the first venue we looked at and we simply fell in love with its charm and history. The venue definitely gave us the stunning backdrop and ‘wow’ factor we wanted and provided the perfect “English Country” setting to our colourful fusion wedding.

As we were having two ceremonies, one of the key factors was to find a venue which would allow us exclusive use from the early morning to the late evening. Poundon House provided us with exclusive use for the whole weekend, which was amazing. Our wedding felt like a true escape. Poundon House offered a range of possibilities for your wedding day, each part of the house and grounds is a perfect as the next so it enabled us to plan our day to maximise the space.

We decided to use their Yellow Room for the civil ceremony, as we wanted to our guests to enjoy the vintage charm of the house from inside. This was followed by an afternoon tea in the marquee whilst we prepared for the Hindu ceremony that took place on the patio outside with the countryside as our backdrop. We used the lawn and water fountain area to host the champagne reception and everyone finally moved back to the marquee for the Wedding Breakfast.

With our wedding being a fusion between Indian and English cultures we were in a fortunate position where we could be quite selective with the style of wedding we wanted. We both like to be a bit different where we can so we didn’t really stick to a particular style but we wanted the elegance and charm of an English wedding with the colours and exuberance of Indian weddings. As much as we could we mixed the two elements together, such as our afternoon tea where, along with the more traditional items, we served sandwiches with cheese and chutney, masala tea and a spiced sticky toffee and date cake. We both love a great party and we wanted ours to have a sophisticated edge so I chose a dress that would look just as suitable for the red carpet as a wedding, the groomsmen wore black tie and Nathan changed in to a tuxedo in the evening.

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A Guide to Planning a Marquee Wedding

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Feature Image by Katie Mitchell Photography.

We’re busting the myths and sharing our top tips on the marquee wedding today!

Marquee weddings aren’t what they used to be as couples now have some seriously stylish options available. But not one for style over substance, we still want to arm you with all the considerations behind this outdoor wedding choice.

Katrina Otter, resident planning expert here at Coco Wedding Venues, is back with her thoughts on all the practical elements you need to consider if you fancy celebrating under canvas.

A Guide to Planning a Marquee Wedding

Katrina:

Marquee weddings hold a very special place in my heart. Firstly, there’s something really rather charming and romantic about the concept of creating your own wedding venue, to your own specifications and making it a real reflection of your own style and personalities.

Secondly, with my wedding planning hat on, there are various logistical and planning considerations that need to be taken into account when organising a marquee wedding and as anyone that’s read any of my previous features in our collaborative wedding planning series will know, I LOVE a good logistical wedding!

Thirdly, as I’m based in the countryside, marquee weddings equate to roughly 40% of the weddings I plan every year and to date I’ve organised wedding in tipis, traditional canvas marquees, contemporary clear span frame marquees, yurts, Sperry tents and unique Pearl Tents.

And finally, the main reason – on 18th May 2013 (how has it been four years already!) I held my own elegant English country garden wedding reception in a marquee.

In today’s feature, I’ll therefore be sharing my love for all things marquees and imparting my knowledge, experience and some logistical top tips for those of you planning or considering a marquee wedding.

Before I start, a few words of caution! As much as I love a logistical wedding, not everyone feels the same way as me, so if you’re not a fan of operational challenges then please go into planning a marquee wedding with your eyes open – there is, on average, A LOT more work involved and A LOT to consider. Marquee weddings also aren’t always the cheap option (this BTW is one of the most common wedding misconceptions). You’re basically creating your own wedding venue and that includes building the venue, filling and staffing the venue and then clearing the venue away after the party is over.

So… with those little notes of caution out of the way, shall we get on with the planning..?

The first thing to find is the site. Where are you going to hold your marquee wedding..?  Some wedding venues (you can find an extensive list of marquee and tipi friendly venues via the Coco Venue Finder) allow you to put up a marquee on their lawns whilst still being able to use the main house for your ceremony and accommodation, whilst others will let you use their land only, with the buildings themselves forming the perfect backdrop.

Obviously, there’s likely to be a cost consideration here too but the good news is that you’ve got options.

(On a side note there are also venues that already have permanent or semi-permanent marquees, which in turn eliminates some of those word of warning operational challenges and cost considerations mentioned above and below!)   

Of course, some couples also opt for a marquee wedding so that they can make use of their own gardens or land. This is a wonderfully personal option but please be aware that you’re going to have a week or so of comings and goings in the run up to your wedding and in the days afterwards too, so please be sure that everyone that this will affect is happy about this!

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Ross & Lynsey’s Inchyra Wedding

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Images by Photos by Zoe.

The last two weeks I’ve been surrounded by the most glorious and unexpected Spring flowers on not one, but two styled shoot editorials! And yes folks, we’re also right on the cusp of peony season. So this surprising blast of autumnal gorgeousness has me craving crackling fires, cosy blankets and a marshmallow or two.

Ross & Lynsey chose The Byre at Inchyra for their wedding celebrations; hidden in the heart of Perthshire, Inchyra is more than a relaxed wedding barn venue, because you can make their 150-acre private estate your own.

Notes from the Photographer

Zoe:

This is the story of Lynsey & Ross’s wedding day.

There was so much hustle and bustle in the morning, with all the girls getting ready at the beautiful Inchyra House. I truly madly deeply LOVED Lynsey’s dress, and oh, that autumnal flower crown by Myrtle & Bracken… I adored it.

The amount of thought and time that Lynsey & Ross had put into their wedding day was evident too – all the wee pumpkins and little apples strung up along the backs of their guests chairs were such a delightful detail.

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Anuska & Robert’s Southend Barns Wedding

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Images by Nicki Feltham Photography.

Anuska & Robert married at Southend Barns on 1st November last year and their big day was a glorious autumnal mix of bright florals, personal touches and a Hygge vibe!

Sussex-based wedding venue, Southend Barns is a pretty special place and this year marks it’s five year anniversary! In that time, 50,000 guests have raised their glasses, 25,000 bottles of Champagne have been enjoyed and 40,000 corks have been popped! Their couples mean the world to them, which is why they’ve all been invited back to attend their upcoming summer party celebration. If you fall a little bit in love with the spaces below, then you can visit Southend Barns too on Sunday 7th May from 12pm – 4pm.

Entry to the event is free and it is the ideal opportunity to meet with local suppliers and have a peek at the 200-year-old Threshing Barn, the elegant Dairy Barn with its sweeping 22 metre aisle and the luxurious Milking Parlour, which is now a stylish bridal suite.

You can discover more over on our Event Diary, but for now let’s get back to Anuska & Robert’s story…

Notes from the Bride & Groom

Anuska:

We knew we wanted to get married on November 1st as this is our anniversary and we couldn’t think of a more romantic day for our wedding. It was important to embrace the season and we wanted a venue to compliment the natural beauty of Autumn. Southend Barns was perfect – beautiful and rustic, and allowed us to add personal touches that made it our own. Being half Danish, there is a term we love called ‘hygge’ which can be described as a sense of ‘cosiness’ – Southend Barns has that as its essence – the natural barns, the cosy undercover fire pits, and a relaxed feel.

I’m not particularly the ‘Bridal’ type, and although I’m girly, the thought of wedding dress shopping was really stressful. When it came to my outfit, I knew I wanted something I could wear again. I decided on a top and a skirt so that I would be able to mix and match them in the future and then, on the special occasions that I wear them, I will be reminded of our big day. E&W Couture is a beautiful little boutique in Cardiff, so personal and fun, with that touch of ‘alternative’ I was looking for. Once I had the skirt, I found a corset and lace overlay from high street shops. Robert and I both decided on our shoes being our ‘something blue’, mine from Dune with a matching purse, and Robert’s from M&S.

We did the venue flowers ourselves, but decided on professional flowers for the bouquets and buttonholes. I used a local florist, Catkin & Pussywillow, who have such a creative flare mixed with a wild rustic beauty. I discussed with them that I was looking for ‘wild, rustic and seasonal’ and allowed them to design the flowers. When they arrived the morning of the wedding, they were more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. The flowers perfectly complimented the autumnal colours we picked for the bridesmaids outfits and groomsmen’s bow ties. We have since dried the bouquets and have them hanging in the house as a beautiful display that we can keep forever.

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