If there’s one lesson the great British summer can teach us – it’s that we should all expect the unexpected. From sunny blue skies to rain, hail and thunder, it can change in the blink of an eye.
While unpredictability gives us all something to talk about, it’s not much help when it comes to planning one of the biggest events of your life – your wedding. But rather than worry about what the weather might bring – here’s what you can do instead.
A venue for all weathers
A marquee wedding ticks the boxes if you’re looking something elegant, stylish and bespoke. It also ticks the less exciting (but ever so necessary) box of ‘practicality’ too. Not only can a marquee be designed around guest numbers and the space you have, they give you the opportunity to create something truly unique – in spite of the weather.
A marquee is so much more than the sum of its structure – it’s a blank canvas that you can make your own. Whether you want a traditionally themed garden party wedding or add a modern twist with a festival feel – a marquee lets you bring the outdoors, indoors (literally).
Celebrating inside while you’re technically outside means you won’t have to fret about a sudden Siberian cold front sweeping across the sea. You also won’t have to worry about a Saharan summer with heat so fierce you could fry eggs on the wedding car.
Come rain or shine
Marquees are brilliantly versatile keeping you not just dry and warm but cool and protected too making them ideal all year round. Brisk autumnal evenings or chilly winter nights are easily tackled with heaters, while opening up window walls means you can make the most of balmy summer sunsets.
One vital element of any marquee is the type of floor you choose – no matter what the weather. A hard floor covered in carpet is not only high heel friendly, it’ll also help keep soggy or waterlogged grass at bay.
As well as keeping the weather in check, you can design your marquee with particular areas in mind. From low tables and comfy seating, poseur tables and a dance floor, you can create a space that encourages guests to mingle seamlessly.
Plus, if the forecast isn’t looking too good and smaller guests aren’t able to burn off steam outside, why not designate a play area complete with ball pit, dress-up, toys and games.
The point is, the weather shouldn’t hold you back and with a few choice extras at the time of booking, you can avoid last minute panic. Of course, there are plenty of other ways to ensure it doesn’t rain on your parade:
- Umbrellas – hiring in umbrellas is a simple and easy way to make sure guests don’t end up sodden. If you decide to buy – personalised brollies with your initials or wedding date also make unique wedding souvenirs.
- Wellies – if you’re the bride, don’t stress about your footwear for outdoor photos, wedding wellies in ivory or pastels look cute and quirky and definitely show a sense of humour.
- Drinks – cold drinks are the norm after the wedding ceremony itself but when it’s cold and wet, nothing beats a cuppa.
- Fans – keep guests cool with mini handheld fans or even iced handtowels.
- Ice lollies – create your own unique flavour for your big day, guests will be grateful when it’s scorching outside.
At the end of the day, the weather will do what it wants but it doesn’t have to dampen your day. Remember – your guests are there to see you get married – sunshine is merely a bonus. Besides, in some cultures rain on your wedding day symbolizes good luck rather than irony (worth remembering if the sky looks far from blue).
If you’d like a chat about marquee options in more detail, give us a call on 01638 663777 or drop us an email at [email protected].