5 Reasons Why We Love Winter Weddings

Katy Coltart - Tuesday, July 25, 2017
But can a winter wedding really compete with a sizzling summer ceremony? Here’s 5 reasons that will make you fall completely in love with your own winter wonderland.
  1. Baby, it’s cold outside. Unlike a ceremony held in the heat of the summer sun, your winter wedding won’t leave you and your guests a hot mess. No flies and no burnt thighs. Getting hitched when there’s a crunch underfoot can actually be much more enjoyable because nobody is fighting to keep their face from dripping onto their shoes. It also means more dancing - not only is a burl round the dance floor a great way to warm up, but partygoers won’t overheat so quickly and they can, of course, indulge in a little pre-shindig ‘nip’ to get things started.

  1. Snow White for a night. Are you a classic beauty, with rose red lips and soft mahogany locks? If so, you’ve probably spent most of the summer season frantically slapping on factor fifty and hiding under a parasol. Winter weddings were made for porcelain skinned brides. Accentuate your natural features by embracing the winter theme, contrasting whites and ivories with the deep plums, full reds and rich evergreen tones synonymous with the winter season. And if you’re holding out for a white wedding, look north. Let us source your winter wonderland from the most exclusive wedding venues in Dumfries and Galloway. We might not be able to promise you snow, but we can promise that the chill in the air will only enhance naturally rosy pink cheeks for a truly spellbinding blushing bride.

  1. Dancing in the moonlight. There are few things more romantic than a candlelit waltz under the stars. Our clearspan frame marquees allow us to fit clear, 5m span roof sections, perfect for hosting an enchanting moonlit dinner and dancing under the night sky. Before the sun sets, our clear framed marquees will enhance your reception with a panoramic view of your surroundings. Let the outside in with hanging winter garlands and intimate candlelit dinner tables. Then guide family and friends into your reception as night falls, by edging paths with subtle LED uplighters to mirror the glittering night sky.

  1. The venues dreams are made of. Whether they’ve fallen for the hilltop views of the Pink Palace or are dreaming of lochside nuptials at Dalswinton, it’s not uncommon for couples to fall in love with one of our exclusive wedding venues in Dumfries and Galloway. But when they’re working at short notice or on a tighter budget, opting for a winter date can be a practical solution for securing their dream venue. Some venues and suppliers will offer winter packages and discounts, especially for mid-week weddings. The upshot to this is that many people take time off during this period anyway, so holding a weekday wedding with minimal hassle is totally doable. Plus, everyone will be looking forward to yuletide celebrations and ready to let their hair down - tis the season to be jolly, after all!

  1. Finally, hot things up with a winter honeymoon. Go for a winter wedding and winter sun will follow! You can pick up some great deals on winter holiday packages to the Caribbean, New Zealand and the Maldives at this time of year. Just be careful to avoid booking during peak holiday times when prices will spike significantly. You’ll miss a few weeks of winter back home and come back sun-kissed and rejuvenated - what better way to start your life together than that?

Is there a magical winter wedding on your list this year? Our expert wedding planners are dab hands at bringing together unique events at some of Scotland’s most stunning wedding venues in Dumfries and Galloway. Let us take care of everything from your wedding venue and marquee hire to those all important finishing touches.

Contact us to request a quote and find us on Instagram for more winter wedding inspiration!

Party Marquee Hire 101 - Where do I start?

Katy Coltart - Friday, April 21, 2017

When planning a party, it's easy to get carried away with the finer details. Of course, the interior decor and finishing touches you choose will really make your party one to remember - but it's important to lay the foundations first. If you’re looking into party marquee hire but not sure where to begin, we’ve put together this article to help you avoid those party planning faux pas!

Marquee Size

First thing’s first. Before choosing which party marquee to hire, think carefully about your space. We can fit marquees comfortably into smaller gardens or accommodate larger guest lists. The most important element to consider is how many guests you are actually expecting. Most people naturally gravitate to the largest marquee size that their space will allow, but the number of guests should be the deciding factor for size. Our size guide is a useful starting point.

Pick too large a marquee and your party will feel sparse, even when all of your guests arrive. It’s often better to go slightly smaller than you might like, as long as you can still accommodate everybody. A bustling marquee is the key to creating a great party atmosphere!


Do you need to include flooring with your party marquee hire? Not all occasions will require wood flooring. Hard floors are great for weddings and instances when marquees are required as an extension to your interior space. But Pro-Flooring or coconut matting can also be cost effective options for exclusively outdoor events. Pro-Flooring is a heavy duty rubber matting that can be laid on grass and allows moisture to flow underneath, whilst keeping your venue dry. Planning a night on the tiles? We have an extensive range of fabulous dance floors to suit every occasion!

Party Seating

Furniture options are next on your list. Your choice will depend on the kind of event you are hosting. For example, a children’s birthday party will require a different seating plan than an intimate drinks doo. Go-to round tables and chairs are great for a wedding reception, but if you’re throwing a garden party you will need the space to be more flexible. Consider using whisky barrels that guests can stand beside whilst milling around with stools also provided. We find that a mix of seating works best, combining whisky barrels with soft seating allows your party to evolve with your guests’ needs throughout the day and into the night. We’ve all welcomed a comfy seat after a few hours on the dancefloor! And then, the real fun starts! We have a vast range of optional accessories to set the theme, from rustic whisky barrel tables to elegant chandelier lighting - don’t worry, we’re on hand with an expert pair of hands to help craft your perfect venue. Ready to book your party marquee hire? Get in touch with our team and let us be your guides in planning the event of the season! If you’re still looking for inspiration, follow us instagram for our latest unique events!

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