Wedding Decorations and your Queensberry Marquee

Katy Coltart - Thursday, November 03, 2016

We all know it's all about the Wedding Decorations

Weddings are all about romance and celebration so you really want your marquee to look beautiful. Wedding decorations are key to creating a unique atmosphere, so in this blog we look at decorations and lighting to fit any theme, colour and style, which will help you to get your wedding marquee looking just perfect.

1. Functional Lighting

All marquees need an element of functional lighting and this comes in the classic form of chandeliers, with the optional addition of up lighters - all can be installed on dimmer switches so the light can be set to best suit the time of day/night. We tend to favour up lighters that sit at the base of the linings and light the walls of the marquee, creating a subtle but practical background light. Available in a variety of colours, they will tie in to compliment your wedding decorations theme.

Other more functional lighting might be required for catering tents, such as strip lights), or flood lights for car parks and paths to toilets.

2. Decorative Lighting

This is where the fun begins! The style of lighting you choose will depend on how you will decorate your marquee. With elegantly peaked roofs, our lit-up marquees are a truly enchanting sight, especially at night, and are perfect for evening photographs!


Add some glamour to your marquee with chandeliers, great for creating a stylish traditional wedding marquee or for adding elegance to the roof space. Our Montreux range of cream or black, or our new, stunning antler chandeliers fit in with any wedding decoration plan. Alternatively, you could even get your own design and we can rig them up. The possibilities are endless.

LED Up-Lights

Essential to add warmth and atmosphere to your marquee, lighting cans sit round the edge of the marquee. They can bring light to the entire marquee or any particular area, depending on what over-lighting you have selected (fairy lights/starcloth/festoons over dance floor don’t need up-lights). Available in white or in various colours, they shine up the walls and roof linings, giving the room a warm glow.

Fairy Lights

Twinkly fair lights can be used behind the roof lining of the marquee for a truly romantic look – these make the marquee look really special during the day and at night. We can offer a whole canopy of fairy lights to cover the roof of the marquee. You could even use fairy lights to highlight the dance floor, creating a stunning romantic space for dancing.

Festoon Lighting

These traditional large bulb lights can be strung in the roof space below the marquee linings - this bright addition is often used when bride and grooms have chosen a country-style wedding decorations theme for their marquee. Alternatively, they can be strung from the roof space either on their own or mixed with fairy lights. Our festoon lighting comes with black cables or white cables custom-made to fit the marquee. We have many different arrangements for these popular lights – visit our webpage for ideas!


For a truly special atmosphere, candles are perfect for decorating tables or even using to make your own personal centre piece. Candles won’t add enough light standing alone but they are great for adding a romance touch.

em>Paper Lanterns

These popular lighting decorations are a fun feature that adds colour as well as light to the roof space. They can be used with small battery-operated lights to provide a glow as the evening draws in.

Starcloth Linings

For the ultimate twinkle factor, starcloth linings look fabulous! Ivory starcloth is pretty and romantic while the black starcloth is usually used over a dance floor to add drama! You can choose the brightness, and you can have flashing stars, or make them twinkle like a night sky - the decision is always yours.

3. Outdoor Lighting

Don’t forget to think about lighting outside your marquee, for both practical and decorative reasons. Give your guests a truly colourful welcome by lighting a pathway, which adds to the ambiance of the wedding.

- Festoon Lighting

Strung on poles, these lights can be used to light any outdoor space adjacent to the marquee or to light a pathway to/from the marquee or around the perimeter.

- Lanterns

Lanterns look lovely when used to highlight a path or to edge an outdoor seating area.

- Coloured Spot Lights

Light up trees or buildings with spot lights in different colours to bring the inside out.

With so many options and variations of lighting to compliment all kinds of wedding decorations and themes, your marquee is guaranteed to be beautiful and unique on your special day. For ideas, our website is a great place to start!

By Claire Henderson

10 reasons why you should choose a marquee wedding

Katy Coltart - Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Swaying between a Hotel Wedding or a Marquee Hire in Scotland instead?

When it comes to planning a wedding, finding the perfect setting for your day is top of the list. Struggling to decide between a traditional venue or marquee hire in Scotland? Here are 10 reasons why a marquee makes a fantastic venue for your wedding day.

1. You get to choose your venue

All you need for a marquee wedding is a patch of grass, and we will do the rest! It doesn't even need to be perfectly flat - our suspended floors can level a bumpy field. This means you can choose a special location that means something to you. It could be land near where you grew up or a place that holds fond memories. Looking for somewhere different? The beauty of marquee hire in Scotland is that there are so many scenic spots to choose from, whether it's a spectacular coastline or country views. There are also lots of established wedding venues which use marquees to host receptions.

2. Your marquee is built especially for you

No two marquee weddings are quite the same - your marquee is built for you, making it unique for your wedding day! Unlike a reception room in a hotel where one-size must fit all, the marquee size will be tailored to suit your exact needs, to suit the number of guests you are going to have. To avoid the venue being too small and cramped, or too roomy and losing atmosphere, we can build the marquee up to fit the size of any event, to get the size just right and help create the perfect atmosphere.

3. You get to design a marquee that suits your day

Now you have the space - what can you do with it? First, you get to choose the interior that suits your style - we have lots of different variations, from furniture to lights and interior roof linings. No two wedding marquees look the same. Then you get to create a layout that optimises your location and perfectly suits your ideas for your day. From the position of the reception area and the bar, to the dining and dancing areas, the vision is yours to create. And if you're stuck, we have plenty of great ideas!

4. You get to show off a fabulous view

Marquees bring the great outdoors inside, so for marquee hire in Scotland, you don't need to worry about the weather! However, if your marquee is in a location with a stunning view, we want to make sure you can see it. Our Queensberry Wedding marquees and Traditional pole marquees are great as they have very high roofs and can be supplied with as many panoramic clear window walls as you like, which means that you still see that lovely view when you are inside the marquee too. Clear window walls also help to open up the space and add natural light during the day.

5. A marquee is a blank canvas to create your own theme

One of the most exciting advantages of a marquee is that you can be as creative as you like with your themes and colours as you don’t have to work around existing decors at traditional venues. You can choose a modern style, or classic, country, vintage or beach themes…the list is endless and the choice is yours! We offer furniture and lighting in a variety of colours and designs to help enhance your scheme, from whisky barrels and festoon lights to cream chandeliers, ivory linings and coloured up-lights - all to create a beautiful atmosphere of your choice. We also have bespoke dance floors to match that create a fantastic focal point and are irresistible for dancing!

The marquee is set up at least a couple of days before your wedding so you have plenty time to plan, prepare and preen your venue to perfection, giving it your own personal twist. That's the fun part!

6. Less restrictions on the number of guests

You get to choose your guest numbers with a marquee. While you do need to make sure that you have got the right size structure to accommodate everyone, it is up to you how it works. Formal or informal, whatever your day or evening guest numbers, a marquee is a flexible room which can be created in a size to fit your celebration. For a small ceremony and a big reception, you could hire a main marquee and a smaller one, and even have different sites.

7. You can work within your budget

Whatever the size of your budget, a marquee wedding gives you greater flexibility to work within your price range. You get to choose your own decor, caterer, menu, bar and florist – there are a great range of suppliers for all budgets. A marquee may initially seem expensive but remember, you have absolute freedom over how you fill your day. To save money, you could have family and friends take on some of the wedding tasks, and you could buy your own booze for the bar! By choosing marquee hire in Scotland, your wedding can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.

8. You get to choose your own caterer

Being able to select your caterer means you get to choose exactly what you want to eat, rather than being limited by a hotel menu. From pop-up kitchens doing hog roasts to black-tie, sit-down dinners, there is a broad range of amazing event caterers around. They use local food producers and prepare high-quality food to suit all tastes and budgets. Your wedding party will be in for a treat!

9. Let your personality shine through

This is YOUR big day, and it's vital to let YOUR personality shine through. If you choose to use a marquee, it's much more than just a building. Whether you want to follow the traditional wedding day format, or you fancy breaking free from the norm – it really is up to you. By choosing marquee hire in Scotland, you have free reign to do whatever you want to create the wedding day of your dreams!

10. You get to choose your finish time!

Nobody wants the party to end too early and, within reason, at a marquee wedding you can decide the finish time, so make sure you have some good music sorted to ensure that everyone is up dancing until the wee hours! Another joy of marquee hire in Scotland is there are no pesky curfews or noise limits.  And you can even carry the celebrations on by using the space the next day for post-wedding festivities, whether that's a chilled-out lunch or some energetic Highland games…

By Claire Henderson