At this time of year, it is the perfect time to plan ahead for the new season, weddings, events and special occasions. 

One type of venue, aside from the barns and luxury hotels, are marquees. They are particularly popular for brides and grooms for their versatility and the ability to transform a blank canvas, turning their vision into reality. As florists, they are truly amazing spaces that offer so many unique opportunities! Below, we have listed some top tips to showcase your marquee to it’s full potential for the upcoming event or wedding.

Make an Entrance

Depending on the location you have the marquee, the outside tends to be neutral white or cream. Using florals at the arch, whether it be a floral arch, large pedestals or an entrance sign, this gives your guests a hint of what’s to come as they enter the marquee and provides added interest for the blank canvas.

Top Tips For Decorating A Marquee Wedding



Reach New Heights

Incorporating tall elevated arrangements can be used in marquees to create an immediate opulent, sophisicated and even expensive feel in such an open space! They can be easily seen by your guests from all angles in the venue! Top Tip: One of the downsides to using tall arrangements is there is a chance that you will block the guests’ line of sight! As a general guideline, you’ll want to keep your tall pieces at 24” or higher and your short pieces at 12” or under.

Tall Floral Centrepieces | Greenery & White Marquee Wedding at The Villa, Levens with Copper Details | Bowtie and Belle Photography


Mix Short and Tall Centrepieces

Mix short and tall centerpieces to help make a space feel vibrant and full. There is nothing worse than walking into a open space that feels empty or under-decorated. Incorporate table arrangements for guests to enjoy whilst they are having their wedding breakfast, from floral designs to twinkling candles. 

Tall and low arrangements.



Dress the Poles

Marquees tend to have poles and unique features that you should most definitely take full advantage of! Dress in bunting, garlands with luscious greenery or flowers to add further interest to the overall look.

Marquee Poles With Floral Decor



Statement Hanging Installation

In a marquee, it is a unique opportunity to create a statement piece by dressing the ceiling, hanging greenery, flowers or even ribbon.


Twinkling Lights

Consider how the venue is going to look in the day and the evening. In the evening. Dressing the venue with flickering candles, twinkling lights, tea-lights and lanterns cane create a magical, romantic ambiance in the venue.

Fairy lights are amazing for that twinkling, romantic look and look just as good inside as they do decorating trees and gardens outside.


Statement Letters

Make a statement with huge, light up letters can be a popular choice for brides and grooms. Initials in particular, standing them against the top table, near the bar or as a backdrop for your wedding cake! Following on from the last point, the lights are perfect to create ambiance in the venue in the evening (especially for the first dance!)

My dad made these Marquee Letters with our initials. They were one of my favorite parts of the decor for our reception. they made a bold statement when you walked through the door. Boho Rustic Eclectic Wedding PC Shannon Lee Miller


{i am obsessed with typography, especially when it's larger than life - so fun!}


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