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From tipis to modern freestanding marquees, complete with water fountains, dancefloors and in-built bars, its clear that the world of marquees has moved on since the early days. Why is it then that the traditional pole marquee has retained it’s popularity, especially when it comes to weddings? Here at The Wedding Secret we’ve compiled a list of the top reasons behind the enduring popularity of a traditional wedding marquee.

THEMES
The traditional wedding marquee is a great and convenient way of adding authenticity to a vintage, rustic or woodland themed wedding. The poles inside the marquee can be left bare and unvarnished which give the marquee an unfinished, natural look to help maintain the woodland feel even inside the tent. The sloping white canvas adds a clean elegance to any vintage wedding, and, for a rustic theme, the floor can be carpeted with coconut matting and decorated with hay bales and a wooden dancefloor to give more of a coutry feel.

Interior of Traditional Marquee

Interior of Traditional Marquee


Even if you aren’t planning on having a wedding with one of these themes the pale colour and simple layout of a traditional marquee makes it the perfect blank slate for you to use as you please. Whether you are planning to go relatively simple and just want to match the colours purple and pink, or you’re going to elaborate and plan to create a Sci-Fi extravaganza, a traditional marquee is a wonderful way to go.

NOSTALGIA
There is just something quintessentially British about a traditional marquee. From school and church fetes, the image of a white marquee bedecked in bunting and filled with bustling crowds of your friends, acquaintances and nieghbours, is one that will have filled your childhood. It’s no wonder that people are eager to draw on this sense of nostalgia for their wedding.

If you’re really looking to draw on the nostalgic feeling of a fete, you could always add in games as part of your wedding entertainment. All the old childhood classics; egg and spoon races, cocnut shy and tombola are bound to have your guests laughing and getting into the competitive spirit. Plus, it’a a great way to keep some of the younger guests entertained.

SEASONAL
A traditional marquee is also great for any kind of weather – something that is especially convenient, considering the English weather’s irritating habit of ignoring the weather forecast. If the day turns out to be dry, you can arrange to open out the marquee, and let your guests spill out onto the grass. If the inevitable happens and the heavens open, you can just make sure that the marquee walls are back in place, keeping you and your guests snug and dry for the photos.

Wedding Marquee in Hampshire

Wedding Marquee in Hampshire


Even better, a marquee is a good choice no matter what the season. Traditional marquees are typically made of canvas – a breathable material – which is ideal for keeping your marquee naturally air-conditioned in the summer. In winter you can also get a PVC marquee to trap in the heat, and get some heating for the tent. So, whether you are looking for a winter wonderland, a summer blowout, or all the colours of spring, a marquee is a great choice.

COST CUTTING
While a marquee is not necessarily an automatically cheaper option, there are a lot of ways that you can cut costs with a marquee reception, or ceremony. Without being tied to one venue, you don’t have the risk of having to commit to the venues chosen by the suppliers, and can shop around for ones that suit you and your budget.

Garden Wedding Receptions

Garden Wedding Receptions


If you aren’t looking to rent the grounds of a manor house to pitch your marquee, ther are lots of ways you can save money on renting a lawn as well. Why not check out local town halls or sports fields to see what prices they can offer you? If you or your family members have a big lawn or garden you could even avoid costs altogether by using that.

CONVENIENT
Another reason for the enduring popularity of the traditional marquee is simply that they are incredibly convenient. The only stipulation is that they need to be pitched on grass. Other than that, they are ideal for any situation. Traditional marquees are made in sections, so they are easy to transpoprt and assemble.

ADAPTABLE
As traditional marquees are so adaptable, they bring together all of the above factors. The smooth white lines of the draped ceilings give an automatic white wedding feel of elegance and tradition, without being overpowering. The white walls and simple style give you the ability to adapt the marquee to your chosen theme. So, regardlesss of whether you’re looking for 7, people or 100, a winter or summer wedding, windows, or al fresco, a traditional marquee can suit your taste.

Ecru Lining In A Traditional Tent

Ecru Lining In A Traditional Tent

To find out more about the kind of things you’ll need to spruce up your marquee wedding, why not head over to The Wedding Secret We have a variety of brilliant florists, decorators and suppliers who can provide everything you may need to transform your marquee into the venue of your dreams.