Planning a marquee wedding at home? It’s going to be the most exciting house party you ever throw! One of the great things about using private land for a marquee wedding is how sentimental and personal it can be, as well as the freedom it gives you. There are so many benefits to planning a marquee celebration this way, so here is my best advice and insider info on how to get the most out of it. Hosting a marquee wedding in your own home can be one of the most unique wedding experiences. With careful planning and preparation, you can create the perfect atmosphere for your big day and make your celebrations even more memorable.
Before you get started, it’s key to ensure that all family members or residents of the estate are informed about and happy for the event to go ahead; once you have approval you are good to go. It can be incredibly sentimental to plan a marquee wedding in the very place one of you grew up, or somewhere that is special to you both. By nature, marquee weddings give you so much room to design a completely bespoke space with limited restrictions (get inspired by Peacock and Bow, Green Farm Marquees and Wills Marquees who provide a lot of marquees for family land celebrations), and they can be visually really stunning.
Many of the restrictions associated with hosting at a venue are eliminated when planning a marquee wedding at home, for example, sound limitations and curfews. There is nobody to tell you what time the party has to finish, or that you can’t use real candles! So, let’s get into how you actually go about getting this thing off the ground…
The first step is to think about the area you would like to ideally place the marquee. How accessible is the space, and can vehicles get close enough for the actual marquee build and installation? Also consider whether there are any pipes or utilities underfoot within the area and whether the land is flat enough. Finally, check that there are no overhead restrictions. Building a marquee structure is a big undertaking and the professionals will need ample time, space and access to complete the job to a high standard.
Once your space is allocated, the next step to planning a marquee wedding at home is to decide which type of marquee you’d like for your celebrations. This will depend on your guest numbers and the overall look you are going for, and you can find a breakdown of all the different types and their benefits on my blog here.
Although planning a wedding can be an extremely fun and creative experience, there are also some less exciting but equally important things to consider. When planning your marquee wedding on private land, you’ll be responsible for considering all the additional logistics such as waste provisions, car parking, power supply, water points, additional lighting, toilets…it can be really beneficial to bring in some expert help to relieve the pressure on you, your friends and family during the process.
Having a trusted planner by your side ensures you not only have the celebration you’re imagining but that all bases are covered and nothing is forgotten. Marquee weddings are particular favourites of mine; I love the creative freedom they allow, and when hosted on private land they can really be elevated to another level of luxury and celebration. If you’d like some support to plan a marquee wedding on your own or family estate, get in touch. The UK has some incredible locations for hosting these type of events, and I’ve seen some wonderful private land marquee weddings in Derbyshire, The Lake District and York and surrounding areas in the North of England. Heading further South, Leicestershire, The Cotswolds, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire all boast some incredible spots.
Wherever you are in the country and whatever scale you’re planning your celebrations on, I’d love to hear from you!
Image Credits: M&G Wedding Photography