Click on the links below to jump to the relevant questions:

Wedding marquee reception

What makes a marquee good for a wedding reception?

There are many reasons why marquees are perfect for wedding receptions, including:

What size marquee do I need?

Here’s a guide to help you decide on capacity according to the number of guests:

Marquee size (metres)

Standing guests

Seated guests

3 x 2

10

5

3 x 3

12

6

3 x 4

20

10

3 x 6

32

16

3 x 8

44

22

3 x 10

56

28

3 x 12

68

34

4 x 4

24

12

4 x 6

40

20

4 x 8

48

24

4 x 10

60

30

4 x 12

70

38

6 x 4

40

20

6 x 6

60

30

6 x 8

80

40

6 x 10

100

50

6 x 12

120

60

6 x 14

140

70

6 x 16

160

80

6 x 18

180

90

6 x 20

200

100

6 x 22

220

110

6 x 24

240

120

However, remember that extra space will be needed if you’re planning to have a bar, a food preparation/serving area and/or a dance floor within the marquee.

As a general rule, each of those elements will equate to around 10 people…

It’s always better to round up and have a bit of extra space, rather than too little space with guests feeling cramped.

How much does a wedding marquee cost?

We recommend a PVC marquee for weddings since they’re strong and durable. Our Elite PVC range starts at £299.99 for the smallest 3x2m tent, going up to £2,599.99 for the 6x24m structure.

Will a marquee withstand the rain and wind if the weather is bad?

Yes – the beauty of our marquees is that they’re designed to be strong and weatherproof, particularly the poly/PVC and fully PVC structures, which we recommend for weddings. See our guide to weatherproof and waterproof marquees for further information.

I’m planning to set the marquee up in my garden. Do I need planning permission?

You’re unlikely to need planning permission unless the structure is up for more than 28 days, in which case you might need to apply for a temporary event notice from your local council.

Do I need to provide separate toilets for guests?

Unless you’re happy for guests to traipse back and forth to your house or wedding venue to use the toilets, it’s a good idea to provide temporary toilets that are accessible from the marquee. These can be hired, with prices ranging from around £120 for a Portaloo to around £700 for trailer toilets containing three ladies’ loos, one gents’ and urinals.

Wedding marquee decorations

What’s the best way to decorate a marquee for a wedding?

Whatever your budget, there are solutions to make your marquee look beautiful for your big day. And because the tent is essentially a blank canvas, you have the freedom to be creative and produce a style that’s in keeping with your theme.

It’s a good idea to draw inspiration from sites like Pinterest, but here are a few ideas and tips to get you started:

  1. Lining – The use of lining within the marquee creates a cosy and atmospheric space, even before you add any decorations. Different fabrics can be used to achieve a range of looks, from vintage floral to exotic and bohemian.
  2. Lighting – You’ll be amazed at the effect that lights can have on the look and ambience of your reception space. Fairy lights are a subtle and elegant choice, while paper lanterns are cost-effective and look striking in colours that match your theme.
  3. Floral touch – Flowers and plants seem like an obvious way to decorate a wedding tent, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on manicured, exotic blooms. Just a few touches of natural foliage add colour and texture while bringing the outdoors in. Combined with strategically placed lighting, the effect can be really magical.
  4. Crafty creations – Table and hanging decorations can be made easily by hand, if you’re willing to get creative. Even with some nice paper and a bit of time and patience you can produce beautiful garlands, flowers and lanterns to adorn your space.
  5. Chill-out corner – If you don’t have the budget or desire to drape decorations across the entire marquee, creating a colourful and comfortable ‘chill-out’ area is a good solution. A couple of comfortable sofas, cushions and side tables can create a cosy area for guest to relax away from the more formal tables.