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Wedding marquees Cornwall, Somerset & Devon: Creative styling tips

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Creative styling for wedding marquees: Cornwall, Somerset & Devon

A marquee wedding is the perfect option for larger weddings, because it’s literally a blank canvas that gives you complete control in creating the perfect backdrop for your special day. And in Cornwall, Somerset and Devon there’s an abundance of beautiful locations which make perfect wedding marquee venues.

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That said, looking at the enormous structure and thinking about how you’ll bring together beautiful styling and furnishings to create the perfect WOW factor can be a little overwhelming.  A marquee is also not a “cheap” option as you not only have to build your design from the ground up, you also may need to bring in a number of other services such as generators, lighting, flooring, portable toilets and kitchen equipment.

Help is at hand though. Blue Fizz can assist you throughout with planning, sourcing, styling, managing and coordinating – just contact us to talk through your ideas.

But if you do want to DIY, here are our top tips on how to decorate a marquee like a true wedding profession to dazzle and bewitch your guests – and remember, a designer look doesn’t have to have a designer price tag!

Your marquee is your individual space so you need to approach the styling as you would when designing your home. Every aspect of the space needs to be considered, and a good starting point in the entrance is essential.

Make the entrance warm and inviting with rugs or matting to differentiate the space. Then create drama and visual impact with beautiful floral displays or grand festival flags flanking either side of the entrance and a beautifully styled table for guests to leave cards and gifts.

Choosing the right flooring for your style is important. Coir matting’s relaxed look is great for festival or relaxed weddings, but if you want a more refined and elegant look, consider using carpet laid down over wooden flooring (or if the ground is flat, carpet can be laid direct).

You’ll need to consider the colour of your carpet, of course. Ivory looks stunning, but will get very dirty, very quickly if the great British weather misbehaves! Other colour options can really change and enhance the ambience within the space, subject to your overall theme and style – green offers a rustic and almost grass-like feeling, whilst black will make it look very contemporary and dramatic.

Marquees and tents have very high ceilings with lots of potential to add drama.

Sloping roof lines provide fabulous potential for hanging garlands, accessories and lighting, and hanging florals and foliage in the ceiling spaces is stunning for a really whimsical aesthetic. With our vintage-look canvas pole tents, you can wrap florals and foliage around the king poles for a quirky country garden feel.

Cost-effective bunting strung in lines is simple and effective in breaking up the vastness of the cream canvas, and paper lanterns, vintage brollies and vintage lampshades are perfect statement pieces when suspended from the roof – just have fun and be creative!

When adding lighting such as strings of fairy lights or festoons, you might want to make use of the pulley systems used by the marquee companies. Check with them in advance for advice on how this would best work.

For fabulous floral displays we recommend Offshore Blooms Phillip Taylor Corps and Poppys of Exeter

Not only the essential ingredient, but a key tool for softening the space and creating the right mood, whether your style is vintage, modern, contemporary or rustic chic.

Whilst many opt for circular tables with crisp with table linen, exquisite floral centre pieces and silver candelabras, others opt for banquet-style vintage trestles with simple understated wild flowers in lace tied tin cans and enamel jugs, with tea lights in glass jam jars – the choice is yours.

The chairs for your wedding breakfast are decoration in their own right, so special consideration needs to be given: darker woods add warmth, lighter woods look fresh, metal adds a funky edge, ghost chairs a contemporary twist and colour adds interest. Equally for a fun and quirky feel you could go for a completely mismatched look. Add interest by adorning with floral creations hand tied to the chair backs

For suppliers try Virginia’s Vintage Hire or The Plank Company


Don’t try to fill every inch of the tent with decor and details – it’ll be too much and dilute the overall effect. A good idea is to focus on creating two key zones:

Chill-Out: If all the celebrations take place within one main tent then a chill-out zone is a must for those guests seeking some ‘down time’. This is where you can really add personality and style. We love Carmen at Very Vintage Hire – with so much to choose from the possibilities are endless!

Bar: Think about how it can be made a little more interesting, as it’s a space that’s guaranteed to get the most use. This will be the hub before the dancing really takes off so use the opportunity well. A shelved backbar offers lots of opportunities for styling, and a hanging backdrop of foliage is great for a botanical look. A rustic bar with crates, chalk boards for signage, wheelbarrow filled with ice for bottled beers, hay bales for seating is the perfect solution for the rustic chic wedding. Or try a wall of colour for the ultimate colour pop or a glitzy shimmer curtain to provide real glamour.