A christening is a special day of celebration. It’s a day where family comes together to show their love and support for the little one being christened and his/her family. More and more people are choosing to hire a marquee for christening celebrations rather than hitting their local pub/hotel for the day, as the benefits to doing so are many.

If you’ve joined the masses and decided that a marquee is a much better option for your little one’s big day, the following are some design tips to help you create the perfect space and atmosphere.

Design Tips for Christening Marquee


Marquees come in all different shapes and sizes including corporate marquees and wedding marquees. It is, therefore, important to explore all of your options before making a decision on which type to go for.

Ask yourself the following questions: Will there be many people attending? Are you planning on serving food/drink to your guests? Do you need space for the kids to run around? Will you be setting the marquee in a location where guests won’t have access to toilets? Are you planning to have a musician play on the day?

Once you’ve answered all of these, you’ll have a much better idea of which type and size of marquee you’ll need and then you can get to work on decorating.


Take the time that you plan to start the celebrations at into account when choosing lighting. Depending on the time and duration of the party, think about whether the lighting will be mostly for ambience or will it need to be functional too.

Mason jars and vases that contain pink/blue/white candles can make elegant, decorative and functional table centrepieces. If wind will be an issue, look into getting battery operated candles instead. Fairy lights are an excellent choice of decorative lighting for christenings and they can be coordinated with the colour scheme that you’ve chosen.


When it comes to seating, you first have to decide if you’re going to have a seating plan in place for your guests. If you think having a seating plan is a good idea, you can add a touch of flair to your plan by customising it with your child’s name and adding a splash of blue or pink using ribbons, beading and/or glitter. Place the seating plan on a table at the entrance to the marquee and decorate it with a colour appropriate tablecloth, flowers and a framed picture of the main little lady/man of the day.

You can also spruce up the look of your chairs with coloured sashes, chair covers or by tying a pink/blue balloon to the back of each chair.


Flowers will be an essential element of your design plans. They make beautiful centrepieces for tables, and having a floral arrangement to greet guests as they enter the marquee is always a good idea.

The following flowers are often associated with christenings as they perfectly encompass what the day is all about;

  • Carnations
  • Casablanca Lilies
  • Calla Lilies
  • Dahlia
  • Tulips
  • Daisies
  • Easter Lilies
  • Gladiolus
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Magnolia
  • Roses
  • Sweet Peas
  • White Aster
  • White Caladium
  • White Poinsettia
  • Zinnia

The best thing about hiring a marquee for a christening is that you’ll literally have a blank canvas to work with so don’t hold back when it comes to your design ideas. You can be as imaginative as you like when it comes to decorating and creating the perfect space and atmosphere to celebrate your little one’s big day with family and friends.