Style Edit: Outdoor Weddings

May 23, 2020

Now it’s getting closer to summer and with the May Bank holiday weekend seeing the temperature rise, many couples are starting to consider their options for outdoor weddings in 2021 and 2022. Beautiful summer evenings in the late sunshine with your wedding guests are a desirable thought so here’s some things to consider when planning your marquee or tipi wedding.

– Where do I host my marquee or tipi wedding?

The first thing you’ll consider is no doubt your location and where you’ll host your wedding reception. Ideally if you perhaps live on a farm with a section of land you could use or you know someone who does then this will be your most cost effective option but just remember that you’ll need somewhere to source power from and it’s likely you’ll need to hire toilets.

You’ll also need to consider space for your caterers and provide them with a water supply. Other options to consider would be hiring land or even hosting your wedding in the grounds of a stately home or hotel. These will usually offer up some incredible views, such as lakeside settings, stunning open countryside or lush manicured gardens brimming with colourful florals.

– Choose the right design for you

There are many different options for your outdoor wedding and one of the huge benefits to planning a tipi or marquee wedding is that they’re so flexible and versatile. Your marquee or tipi provider will discuss different layouts and styles to best suit your guest party numbers and get the design exactly right for you.

If your location is the selling point then discuss panoramic marquees that will offer up magnificent views of your setting

– Personalised Styling

Another great advantage of marquee and tipi structures is that they really are a blank canvas and allow you to put your personal stamp on your styling.

Whether you want to opt for an opulent wedding breakfast with feature hanging floral installations, floral filled table centrepieces and luxurious table linens or you’re looking for a more boho, rustic vibe with timber framed tables, macrame accessories and fresh foliage table runners then get to Pinterest and Instagram and start wedding planning because there really are no limits!

– Furniture and accessories

Gone are the days when your only option was to have chair covers and sashes! Now you can choose from a whole host of chair options and again, you’ll want to pick a style that best compliments the rest of your wedding decor.

The most popular, on trend chairs for marquee and tipi weddings are wooden cross backed chairs which can be styled with chiffon drapes, foliage or floral details to soften the look. There’s also Chiavari/Camelot chairs, folding chairs or rustic benches which are all great choices.

– Lounge areas

Bear in mind guests that may want to sit aside from everything later in the evening whilst your guests are all up on the dance floor.

“Chill out spaces” created with more laid back furniture such as rattan chairs and sofas or soft furnishings are a great choice so speak to your marquee or tipi provider about where this would be best located so that you can have it incorporated into your design layout.

Modern firepits are a fantastic feature and are a great way to create an inviting atmosphere for your guests.


Images – Natalie Hamilton Photography
Styling – Ambience Venue Styling York
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Location – Carlton Towers
Floristry – Once Upon A Thyme
MUA – Michaela Love Makeup Artist and Hair Design
Bridalwear – The White Yard
Menswear – Tweed and Groom
Cake – Where The Ribbon Ends

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