If you want the British outdoor summer wedding but worry about the weather turning bad then you can opt for a marquee. This will mean you can invite guests to your home but don't have to worry about organising the house for everyone invited.
Wedding marquee hire is becoming innovative and stylish. There is much greater attention given to the design both inside the marquee and out. This helps in creating a unique atmosphere. Marquees are also ideal if you hire a venue that doesn't have room for all your guests. You can set up a marquee to cope with the extra guests. Marquees are cheaper to hire than they used to be and many companies hiring out marquees will offer catering and furnishings for your special day.
When choosing the company you want to hire from make sure that the price they give you covers extras such as VAT, travel expenses and the time it takes to erect and then dismantle the marquee. Find out if anything included (such as lighting and floristry and catering) in the price is sub-contracted or if it is carried out by the company hiring out the marquee. Finally, find out if they clean up the inside of the marquee or if you are expected to do that yourself.
A benefit of hiring a marquee for your wedding reception is that you have lots of freedom in how you decorate it. You can use flowers and swathes of coloured fabric that match your colour scheme. Later in the evening when the weather cools down you might need to use heating systems. In a marquee, a patio heater can be used. You can also hire specially designed marquee heaters, usually diesel powered. At night the marquee will also need to be lit. You can create a lovely effect with fairy lights all over the walls and ceiling of the marquee (these can be hired, possibly from the company hiring out the marquee).
Companies that offer dining furniture especially designed for marquees will come and set up tables and chairs to your specification. You can dress the tables with cloths that match your colour scheme. The bar and caterers may be included in your marquee hire but if you have to hire them separately make sure they have experience of serving in a marquee as it is very different to the indoor venues they may be used to. As marquees grow in popularity, more and more catering companies are happy to work with a marquee. At night when the entertainment arrives you may need to provide electricity for your band or DJ. You will also need to hire a dancefloor.
Finally, if you have a wedding in the winter and still want the marquee-effect there are a few companies around that can set up a marquee indoors for you. For example, the East Grinstead Sports and Country Club in Sussex has a sports hall that can be hired for weddings and sets up a marquee within the hall with room for over 200 guests. This means a marquee is a great option for whatever season your wedding falls in.