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


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