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

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

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