• Katrina Bartlam

How to Style a Luxury Marquee Wedding

Updated: Dec 9, 2019


You only need to spend five minutes with me to realise that I love a luxury marquee wedding. As a Worcestershire wedding photographer, I’ve been fortunate to capture many marquee celebrations and stylings, grand or intimate, bohemian or whimsical. Today, I’m sharing my insider secrets to help you style your own luxury marquee wedding day.

Think big

You’ve got a huge neutral canvas to style, so get creative. Keep things minimalist chic by adorning the structural rafters with gauzy drapes and bunting. Add a bohemian vibe with suspended greenery planks above each trestle table. Introduce an abundance of romance with chandeliers trailing with blooms. You can create almost any theme for your luxury marquee wedding.

Design a focal point

This could be a statement installation, like an aisle of fairy-tale blossom trees. It could be a beautifully scented wall of peonies. Or, it could be a macrame tassel masterpiece for the ultimate festival-inspired backdrop, complete with dip-dyed feathers and pampas grass. The secret is to decorate one area dramatically, rather than spread your styling too thinly. A more-is-more approach will help you create the feel of a luxury marquee wedding.

Create zones

A conventional wedding venue, whether a barn or a country manor, tends to come with various spaces to use, from a bar to a dance floor. You get to create all of these for your luxury marquee wedding and add you own unique stamp.Think sumptuous scatter cushions on a chaise long or two, clustered around a coffee table beneath a chandelier for your chill-out zone. Or how about a shepherd hook trail to frame the entrance, each bearing a softly glowing candlelit lantern? It’s all on the cards when you start with a blank canvas!

Love lighting

Planning a luxury marquee wedding means masterminding all the finer details, even the lighting!Drape the apex ceilings with large festoon lights or frame the top table with a sea of suspended Edison bulbs. For an irrefutably luxurious feel, opt for a series of sparkling chandeliers or, for a modern twist, invest in LEDS. You can even use sparkling LED lights in the ceiling or dance floor! Take inspiration from Sophie and Dan's gorgeous garden marquee wedding for more style ideas.

Bring the outside in

Opt for a marquee with large windows to fill the space with natural light. It won’t only be your guests who thank you for this - your Worcestershire wedding photographer will too! For a quirkier style, try an open-sided stretch tent. These become a photographer’s dream at sunset, when the light emanating from inside casts the dreamiest romantic glow.If you’re getting married in the cooler months, look out for a garden pavilion. More permanent than a marquee, but with the same airy, spacious feel, this can bridge the gap and create a luxury marquee wedding feel within a more solid structure.If you’re feeling inspired to consider a wedding under canvas, check out my top tips to plan a marquee wedding and get in touch - I’d love to hear your ideas and lend a helping hand.


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