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Flowers For A Marquee Wedding – My Top Tips

I do love a marquee wedding, and this beautiful long hot summer we’ve been having has been perfect for a series of stunning outdoor celebrations. Marquees are wonderful as they really allow you to design every element of your event to your own specifications. You can make your own temporary little world in a garden, park or field, and deck it out however you choose.

There is however a misconception that having a marquee wedding is somehow the easier or cheaper option. Done well, they can be truly spectacular, but in order to pull off a successful marquee wedding you’re going to need time, a team of expert suppliers, and a pretty serious budget to work with.

When it comes to flowering a marquee, there are some unique considerations to take into account. If you’re thinking about holding your own gorgeous marquee celebration, here are my top tips to help you approach your flowers.

The Greenhouse Effect

One of the biggest potential issues with a marquee versus a bricks and mortar venue is the heat. If you’re blessed with great weather, things can quickly get very hot indeed inside a marquee, and the last thing you want is a sea of wilted or crispy flowers to greet you on your grand entrance! Ask your florist about varieties that will thrive in hot weather, and those that aren’t particularly thirsty blooms. Be prepared to adjust your expectations, and accept that not all flower types are suitable for marquee set ups.

Colour Carefully

There’s something undeniably elegant about pale flowers. Crisp white roses, foliage starred with little white blossoms and gorgeously creamy peonies are some of my absolute favourites, and remain in high demand year after year (with good reason!). However, for a marquee wedding, you need to be cautious with the whites, creams and whispery pale blushes. The vast majority of marquees are lined in shades of white and ivory, and very pale flowers can get lost. You want your flowers to make an impact and be gorgeously visible, so I always urge my marquee couples to think in deep, rich and vibrant colour!

Make an Impact

A marquee is the ultimate blank canvas, and as such it takes a lot to get it looking defined and full of your personality. Whereas in a more ‘traditional’ venue, florists will be looking at the existing spaces and features to play with and accentuate with arrangements, with a marquee it’s more about creating those spaces and focal points from scratch. This isn’t the time for small and subtle – think about playful installations and ways in which you can use the space to its full advantage.

Time and Space

A marquee set up can be frenetic – it’s an enormous structure being constructed from the ground up, after all! Flowers form a key part, if not the key part of your décor, and its important to build in sufficient time and space for your florist to install everything. If you’re not working with a wedding planner, it’s hugely helpful if you can put your florist in touch with other suppliers early on in the process – chiefly your marquee company and caterer. This way, they can guarantee sufficient space, surfaces to work on during the build and a sensible schedule for setup that will work for everyone involved.

If you’re planning a marquee wedding and looking for high impact flowers that make a real and lasting impression, then I’d love to hear from you. Why not get in touch for a chat?

(Image credits: Hannah Duffy Photography | Gyan Gurung Photography)

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