Queensberry Events Real Wedding Profile - Stuart & Angie

Katy Coltart - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stuart and Angie Burgess got married in a marquee from Queensberry Events on their farm in New Abbey, in Dumfries and Galloway, on May 21, 2016. They are now looking forward to the birth of their first child, due on their first wedding anniversary!

Wedding romance…

S: We were at school together. The first time I ever met Angie was when her mum was dropping her brother off at cubs but we didn't speak to each other – we were about seven or eight. Then we were at secondary school together.

A: We got together at our friend's wedding in 2014.

Local attractions…

S: We wanted something that was quite personal to us. We are right next to Sweetheart Abbey, and Criffel, so it was like a ready-made site for a marquee.

A: We found that locally, the venues are quite small and split into different rooms, so we thought it would be nice to keep everyone all together and then nobody would miss out on any chats throughout the night. We thought it would be nice to have it at home and outside. It was in the field behind the cottage, and you can see Sweetheart Abbey, Waterloo Monument and Criffel so it's a really nice background for it.

Path to true love…

A: We had 120 people through the day and another 100 at night, so we got a 12x30m marquee with a wooden floor, with clear walls along the front and along one side, so you can see the monument, Criffel, the Abbey and the fields.

S: We had a path from the field gateway to the marquee door lit up with festoon lights so people knew where to go, and the path was lined with pro-floor to stop muddy shoes and heels sinking into the grass – it did a great job as it had been so wet the day before.

Picture perfect…

A: We got married down at Southwick Church at 1pm, then went to Carsethorn, where I'm from and got some pictures done down on the beach, came here and got a few in front of Sweetheart Abbey, and then headed to the marquee for the meal.

Helping hands…

A: We had some help from friends and we had help from my friend Hannah Jamieson, who owns a company called Silver Events she came and did the tables and all the napkins, and brought us a lovely postbox to put all our mail in. We did the table decorations by ourselves. For the table centrepieces we got my bridesmaid's husband to cut up little logs and we got little baby-size green wellies and filled them with flowers from Donna Craig at Darling Buds in Castle Douglas. The wellies came in handy because we gave them to some of the kids afterwards!

Getting creative…

A: We had the marquee from the Wednesday to the Monday which gave us a day or two before the wedding to get everything set up.

S: Because it's a marquee it's a bit more work for yourself, but it's as much work as as you wanted it to be, really.

A: On the morning of your wedding, decorating is the last thing you want to be thinking about. It was so good to have the extra time. We were still in it the night before though – I think we could have got carried away and went on forever!

S: It was quite handy that the marquee was still there on the day after the wedding so we had a BBQ.

Planning made easy…

A: Will [Duncan of Queensberry Events] had some templates on his website that we looked at, so that was good. That helped us decide where we were going to put the tables. We had the bar area in the marquee itself, so we got his whisky barrels for people when they were standing at the bar – that worked really well. The Steamboat Inn from Carsethorn did the bar and they did a great job!

Natural and rustic…

A: Everything was quite rustic. We did our invites by ourselves with craft card and Stuart's tartan on it, the Douglas tartan. The flowers were things like thistles. The style wasn't exactly "thrown together", but nothing was perfect. We had bunting round the edge of the marquee and big milk churns at the entrance.

S: It was kind of farmery, with the wellies on the tables.

Dress to impress…

A: Colour-wise, our bridemaids were in pink and the napkins on the tables were tied with pink bows, and the flower girls had gold sequenced dresses on. My dress was gold underneath with an ivory overlay from Charlotte Boyd.

S: We rented our Blue Arrochar tweed jackets and Modern Douglas tartan kilts from Stewart Highland Falkirk.

A: Our wedding date was actually picked by when my make-up artist was free! Hannah Mason did my make-up and Sonya McQueen at the White House Hair Salon did my hair.

Almost blown away…

A: The weather the whole of the night before couldn't have been any worse, it was awful. It was so windy, it was blowing a gale.

S: The next morning I was awake at 4am and up checking the marquee, but there was nothing to worry about - it was absolutely fine. And then the weather came good and it was sunny!

A: It turned out to be a beautiful day.

Good food and great beats…

S: The Green Tea Room did the catering for the main meal. Angie's mum did a massive evening buffet and she also made the cake – she has her own cafe in Dalbeattie called DeCaff.

A: We had a band called Fortebeat, from Airdrie, and they were great. We were so lucky to find them. We got engaged on September 1, and the week after that we went on holiday and literally spent the whole week planning because we knew we wanted to do it quite quickly, with us being into shows with the horses and cows etc, so we wanted to have it before show season. All the bands we knew were already booked so we went to a night at the Lochside House Hotel where Fortebeat were showcasing and just booked them that night because they were so good.

S: They did a great range of music from all the eras. I don't think they had played in a marquee before but they had such a good time they played for an extra hour and the place was bouncing! Everybody was up dancing.

Paradise for kids…

A: It was great for the kids – they were playing in the long grass with the sashes off the end of the pews at the church, using them as ribbons. It was lovely to get photos of that. You didn't need to worry about them, you could see them all the time through the windows.

Plotting the future…

S: We would definitely recommend a marquee wedding, there was something that was just so nice about getting it ready for the wedding.

A: It did exactly what we wanted - it kept everyone together. We have had quite a few people come and say to us how much they loved our wedding that are now getting married, and they are looking into marquee weddings as well, but they are not as lucky as us to have a plot on our back doorstep!

What we actually hired from Queensberry Event Hire:

12x30m Queensberry Wedding Marquee French Doors, suspended wooden flooring throughout, Ivory roof, wall and pole linings, 42m of panoramic clear walls with 3 Montreux chandeliers on dimmer controls. And fairy light canopy over dance floor. Two 30kva generators; luxury toilet block, 6x6m cater tent, 160 chiavari chairs, 16 5.6ft round tables, 2 lime wash bar units, 10 6ft tables, PA system, space heater, 100m pro floor, 25 shepherds hooks, 100m of festoon lights

Blog: Claire Henderson

Photo Credits: Craig Dawson, craigdawsonphotography.com

Queensberry Event Hires Guide to Marquee Hire Prices

Katy Coltart - Monday, February 13, 2017

Hiring a marquee can be expensive and for most people an unfamiliar experience. Below, we attempt to help you answer some basic questions about marquees that we hope will help you decide if a marquee is the right option for you.

How much does it cost to hire a marquee?

How long is a piece of string? The prices on our marquee price list range from £400 to over £5000. These prices include matting, standard lighting, delivery and set up, and, for the higher of the two prices for each size, marquee lining as well. Furniture will need to be factored on top. Unfortunately, working out how much your marquee will cost isn't always totally straightforward.

  • The quickest way to get an rough idea of prices is to request a quote from us. Include plans for your event: seated area for how many? Bar and dance floor space? Night guests?
  • Another simple way is to use the fact that marquees typically cost between £15 and £50 per person. The lower price is for a basic unlined marquee with matting, simple lighting and furniture. The higher price would be for the marquee with absolutely everything - hard floor, carpet, special lighting, chill out areas etc. Most marques fall within the £20 to £30 bracket. So pick a number that seems about right for the sort of marquee you want and then multiply that by the number of guests you expect. That will give you a rough idea of the cost of a marquee.
  • For a rough guide, we also have a few sample marquee hire prices of different event types available.
  • You will then need to add furniture and accessories on top of this. We have a range of decorations available in our Hire Collection

For an accurate marquee hire price, please feel free to contact us. Or you can request a quote, giving as much detail as possible for your event.

Queensberry Event Hire tips for a Spring Wedding

Katy Coltart - Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Summer marquee weddings may benefit from better weather but tying the knot in spring is becoming more and more popular! Spring is such a romantic time of year, and an off-season wedding has many perks, including more available options for services including locations, catering and wedding planners. Easter weddings are great as you can take full advantage of the long weekend! And the beauty of having a marquee is that you can carry the celebrations on by using the space the next day for post-wedding festivities.

If you choose a Scottish marquee wedding in spring, just remember to plan ahead and play it safe by considering all the little extras that the season might affect.

Time of Year

Don't get caught out by a spring shower! Our pro-floor and coconut matting walkways into the marquee are a good idea if the weather has been particularly wet it will keep everything clean and stop high heels sinking into damp ground. Spring brings beautifully sunny days with clear blue skies but it can be chilly - don't let that put you off as hiring a heater is both simple and effective. Our energy-efficient, thermostat-controlled ducted marquee heaters are easy to control and will keep guests at a comfortable temperature throughout the day and night.

Lighting & Decoration

The atmosphere you create is determined by the kind of lighting you choose and how it ties in with your day. Spring is the perfect time to play with colours and lighting. For a country-style spring marquee, look at our range of chandeliers or hanging paper lanterns, and for a more dramatic effect when it gets dark, coloured up lighters outside are fabulous. For the "wow" factor on the dance floor, a fairy light canopy helps to create a fun, warm atmosphere on your big day. Think about how to personalise the marquee to make it perfect for you. Spring is the perfect time for seasonal floral centre pieces to add colourful flair to your big day. See our recommended wedding planners and florists, who will have lots of ideas on how to beautify your marquee to your personal taste.

Extra Space

We can bring the outside in with our gorgeous marquees with clear walls, so you don't miss out on views, whatever the weather. 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. We can supply heaters and stylish coffee tables and sofas, or benches and whisky barrels. This extra space is also handy for storing coat rails and wedding present tables. There are no limits to the catering options at a spring marquee wedding. It could be a formal meal, a buffet or even a warming hog roast. our recommended caterers will be more than happy to discuss top-quality, seasonal produce. One aspect you will need to remember is access to running water. It is important to consider this when looking at where to put the marquee.


Most portable toilet units now are spacious and can be nicely decorated to match your theme and provide luxury for you and your guests, even in the middle of a field. We can also put a marquee over the toilets, adjoining to the main marquee so no one gets wet if it rains! So don't be put off by the weather; spring is the time for new beginnings, and what better way to begin the year than with an unforgettable Scottish marquee wedding!

By Claire Henderson