You’ve set the date and now you’re excitedly planning the big day. When it comes to the wedding reception, no doubt you already have a vision in your mind about how you want it to be. Whether you want a casual, fun affair or something far more formal, getting the venue right is vitally important. You need to ensure that you can accommodate all your guests, that your venue is somewhere that is easily accessible for you and your wedding party, that it can cope with whatever the weather throws at you, and that it fits within your budget.

If you’re still debating whether you should hold your reception in a hotel or a marquee, here’s our rundown of why a marquee should be your first choice.

You can adapt a marquee to your personal specifications

Perhaps the main reason for choosing to hire a marquee rather than a hotel for your wedding reception is that you can adapt it to fit your own specifications. Marquees offer total flexibility when it comes to size and design, and it’s also possible to group several marquees together to create the perfect venue. Whether you want to add a cocktail bar, a dance floor or you’d like to have a separate marquee for the catering staff, it’s possible to custom build your design.

You can locate a marquee wherever you like (with permission of course)

Whether you’ve decided to have a small intimate wedding celebration in your garden, you want a fun and informal party in a local farmer’s field, or you want to go the whole hog and locate your marquee in the stunning grounds of a stately home, there will be a marquee to suit every size of party and location.

Your decor can be as simple or as elaborate as you like

Far from being just a tent, wedding marquees can become a magical wonderland, with lighting, heating, decorations, dressed tables and chairs, dance floors and well, just about anything you’d like to include to create your dream wedding reception venue. Most marquee companies offer a design service where they’ll take your ideas and turn them into reality; from carpets, flooring and furniture to lighting, floral arrangements, balloons, and even ice sculptures or chocolate fountains.

Ensures that all your guests are comfortable

While you may think that marquees are only suitable for summer weddings – think again. If you’ve got your heart set on a winter wedding or you want to ensure that your guests don’t feel the chill of a less than perfect summer evening, you’ll find that heavy duty marquees and indoor heaters are the perfect option to keep out intemperate weather and ensure your guests stay snug and warm.

Add atmosphere with lighting

Whether you want to light up your marquee with hundreds of twinkling fairy lights or romantic chandeliers, or you want coloured spotlights to bring life to the party, getting the lighting right will go a long way to creating the perfect atmosphere for your wedding celebration.

Nothing is forgotten

Even if you’re planning to put your marquee in the local farmer’s field, there’ll always be enough luxury loos to ensure that your guests don’t get caught out.

So, as you can see, a marquee is the perfect option for all kinds of wedding receptions, whether big or small, formal or informal, romantic or fun, all year round.