Our Guide to Plan your Wedding Online

Katy Coltart - Monday, December 19, 2016

Here at Queensberry, we’ve had a summer filled with stunning marquee weddings. A marquee wedding is an ideal option if you’re looking for a beautiful venue with personal creative control…you don’t need to worry about swirly carpet patterns or dodgy decorative elements that clash with your own unique design vision.   A marquee is ultimately a big, white box with huge creative potential and every little aspect of the space in your styling will need to be considered.  Luckily, there is an abundance of top quality services and suggestions online to help you with every small detail! Here are our top tips on where to look for marquee wedding inspiration.

Interior Design

Pinterest is the perfect place to look for ideas on how to fill your marquee space. The social bookmarking site, where users collect and share their favourite photos, is a visual wedding paradise – and all you need to do is find the pictures you like and recreate! 

 On our website we have Pinterest Save built into each page (the red button on the top left with the social media icons) which, when pressed, brings up all the images on the page of our website you are visiting and then allows you to pin those images to your own board – allowing you to clearly plan each part of the marquee. Why not create a board for the marquee style you like, a board for lighting, a board for wedding flowers, a board for bars/dance floors etc and pin our images to the board to help you plan and visualise your unique event! 

Remember to have a peek on our Instagram Page, which shows how previous clients have decorated their marquee space to perfection. 

 When planning the interior of your wedding marquee, focus on creating a few key zones: Chill-Out: If all the celebrations take place within one main marquee then a chill-out zone is a must, and this is where you can go wild with your own design stamp. Keep the vibe inside comfy with our sofas and coffee tables or why not create a separate room and we can join a pagoda marquee to your main marquee, with optional clear walls and a glass door decorated with your choice of lights. 

For additional wow factor, give your guests the ultimate entrance and chill out area, by adding an outdoor drinks and seating area lit by festoon lights with a firepit surrounded by benches and whisky barrels. 

Bar: A space that’s guaranteed to get the most use, you can really go to town dressing it up. To make sure the area stands out, you could light up the roof overhead with paper lanterns, coloured festoons or LED fairylights or up-lights. You could also use an ivory or black starcloth behind the bar to add drama and provide the ultimate party experience! These multi-coloured lights can be set to twinkle and you can control the colours, brightness and flashing sequence. Our new, lighted circular bar is an exciting addition which will provide the perfect party focal point. Alternatively, we have classic corner bar units and rustic limewashed bar units, which could be dressed up with wooden or limewashed whisky barrels on either side holding draping foliage or hold displays and decorations. Write up the drink menu on the blackout chalk board or lean our cartwheel against the bar with the cocktails menu hooked to it… there are so many options to choose from!


A wedding isn't a wedding without floral fancies. You need to consider your colour scheme along with which blooms are is in season at the time. Before you meet with your wedding florist, it's always a great idea to put together a scrapbook of ideas and a list of what you'll need. Doing so will help focus your discussions and, most importantly, help you stay within budget. From the bridal bouquet to table centre pieces, flowers can transform a marque from ordinary to extraordinary and it will smell divine too. 

Our bespoke wooden swings with festoon lights are full of character and rustic charm. They're perfect for holding trailing ivy or other gorgeous blooms. The height inside our marquees lend themselves perfectly to hanging installations, and our hanging hoops and wooden cartwheels create wonderful floral focal points. We highly recommend Tattie Rose Flowers, who create installations which are romantic and original. We also love Pyrus, who are renowned for cultivating unusual, scented blooms that are picture-perfect.


You might not be able to taste food online but but you can get a great idea of what a caterer offers from their website. If you like what you see, you can the organise to go for a tasting session, which is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding! Caterers not only provide the food, but will also do the canapes, serve champagne and run the bar. 

We have enjoyed working with these companies: 

Jousting Catering, whose team of professional chefs are expertly lead by William Pottinger, recently a finalist in the 2015 Dumfries and Galloway Life’s Chef of the Year awards; Caterbirds, who offer wedding sample menus but are also happy to quote for any other suggestions; and The Orde Food Company, who will work with you to create your unique occasion to remember, whatever your style of wedding. For a trendy festival atmosphere, Wild Rover Food travel to weddings in land rovers and field kitchens, and use the best natural and local produce, like delicious hog roasts, to deliver fresh catering to you.


And now we are down to the little details, which DO matter! There is no need to settle for simple silverwear – there are a variety of styles around, from innovative and unusual, to vintage, to colourful and fun. 

The Green Cockatoo supplies vintage and specialised china, glasses, linen and accessories. They also offer flexible event support to assist with the planning and dressing of your wedding. Caterbirds is also excellent for crockery hire, just order what you would like online and they will drop it off, and then collect it – unwashed – after your event!

Groom and Groomsmen

Fast forward to wedding week, and both groom and groomsmen are running around town trying to get fitted for a last-minute kilt or tuxedo. Just take a deep breathe and relax, because we have recommendations that will make everyone's lives a little bit easier. 

MacGregor MacDuff has a fabulous range of kilts and tartans, and you can browse online to your heart's content before you (or your other half) make a decision. Anderson Kilts in Dumfries have an impressive range of kilts, jackets and accessories to buy online and at the store.

Wedding Planners

If you would prefer to have help organising your marquee wedding every step of the way, we would be delighted to help you! We also do on-scale 3D drawings of the marquee layout. We can also highly recommend wedding planners Kasmira.

By Claire Henderson

Wedding Marquee Layout - How to use the space

Katy Coltart - Monday, December 19, 2016

Your marquee gives you a rectangular room to fill with everything you need for your wedding day. But how do you use this space? As your marquee supplier, we can help you choose the best options for your day, but it is worth having a think about what you want your marquee to do for you. To help visualise the end result, we can provide on-scale 3D drawings of the wedding marquee layout.

1. Different Zones in your Marquee

Marquees can be divided into different areas and utilised so you can congregate people together for a ceremony, receptions drinks, dining and, of course, dancing. The image below shows our recommended wedding layout. In general, we suggest the entrance opens onto the main space, and the reception's canopy/champagne area when first arriving can double up as the dance floor for evening, or you could extend to a larger marquee if you prefer.

Alternatively for extra space to play with, we can add a pagoda marquee onto the side of the main structure and it can be used as a welcoming reception area or a comfy chill-out area. This extra space is handy for a quiet place to retreat, or for storing coat rails and wedding present tables. We can also put a marquee over the toilets, adjoining to the main marquee so no one gets wet if it rains!

2. Table Layouts

Have a think about what style of tables you would like to use and if you would like a top table in your wedding layout. Round tables enable guests to chat easily and usually seat 8 or 10 people. Alternatively you could use trestle tables singularly. Our vintage wooden tables look stunning for banquet-style dining and there is no need for table cloths. For smaller marquees, rectangular tables are a good choice as they take up less room if tight for room and are easy to move to make way for more dancing space later in the evening.

3. Party Time

Decide if you are going to have a band, DJ or provide music yourself with speakers and an iPod. If you are having a band then we need to allow some space behind the dance floor for them to set up. Staging is great as it makes the band more visible and keeps cables hidden, but it isn’t always necessary if you want to keep costs down. Of course, you will want space to party, and a dance floor is a stunning focal point to get people up dancing – we have a range of dance floors to offer, from a classy light oak floor to a fun black and white surface. We can give guidance on the size to make sure that you have enough room for your family and friends to boogie the night away.

4. Bars and Extra Tables

Space will be needed for a bar area so make an allowance and think about whether you want your bar near the dance floor or tucked away from the action. Extra tables are always handy for buffets, cakes, presents etc. Why not have our whisky barrel tables by the door, holding champagne glasses as people arrive into the marquee.

5. Chill-Out Area

If you want to let your guests relax, chat and chill out for a while then a little space set aside for a couple of sofas and coffee tables away from the band and the party goers can be a great idea. It's an ideal spot for more elderly family and friends to congregate, so they are still part of the celebrations but not in the thick of the action! To incorporate additional space like this will require planning to ensure that your marquee is big enough. Don't worry if space is tight – we can extend the marquee or add on a pagoda marquee.

6. Games and Photo Booths

Photo Booths are a popular addition to weddings and come in all shapes and sizes. Think about where you want to position your booth in your wedding layout to capture lots of great photos of your guests. If you have children to entertain why not give them a selection of toys/activities to do – giant games like Jenga/Connect Four can be a fun addition for the kids and they don’t take up too much room or can be played outside. So whatever your ideas for your special day, have a think about how you want to use the space and we can put together a layout that will make it work perfectly.

By Claire Henderson