A Journey Through Our Process

A Journey Through Our Process

A huge congratulations on your engagement! You’re about to embark on an exciting journey as you plan your special day, and we are so excited to be a part of it. Picture yourself stepping beneath the elegant canopy of your sailcloth marquee, surrounded by loved ones, with laughter and joy filling the air. This is what awaits you, and every decision over the coming months will bring you closer to the celebration of a lifetime. We recognise that this journey may sometimes feel a little overwhelming but fear not; our team are here to guide you every step of the way. We are dedicated to making your journey smooth and enjoyable and we strive to go above and beyond to turn your dreams into a reality!

“At Original Marquees, we’re more than just a marquee hire company – we’re your partners in creating unforgettable memories and an event that is truly unique to you.”

Alex, Managing Director

Enquiry

When you first reach out to us for a quotation, we encourage an initial consultation so we can create a quotation that’s personalised to you, your specific requirements, and the vision for your big day! This consultation, whether conducted over the phone or through a Zoom call, serves as the cornerstone of our collaboration.

We treat this initial conversation as a chance for us to get to know you as a couple, for you to get to know us and our values, and to engage in open dialogue, fostering a collaborative relationship from the very beginning. We will share our expert knowledge and any useful insights with you, drawing on years of experience in the wedding industry to provide valuable guidance and advice. During our conversation, we will listen to your ideas and aspirations, and we aspire to ensure that every aspect of our delivery aligns seamlessly with your expectations.

Whether you’re unsure about the layout of the marquee, the choice of décor, or the availability of additional services, we are here to address any questions or concerns you may have. Together, we’ll explore all options, ensuring that every detail is carefully considered and thoughtfully planned. It also provides a great opportunity for us to discuss logistics and pricing, providing transparency and clarity every step of the way. Ultimately, our goal is to create an experience that exceeds your expectations, delivering not just a marquee but memories that will last a lifetime.

We understand this is the biggest day of your lives and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service throughout which is evident in the amazing reviews we have received from past bride and grooms. Please see our reviews here.

Marquee in Garden
Marquee in Garden
Marquee in Garden
Marquee in Garden

Site Visit

We will also undertake a site visit as the earliest opportunity. This holds significant importance in the planning process as it offers us the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge on the proposed site. By physically being there, we can better understand the layout, dimensions, and any unique features or challenges it may present. This involves understanding how the marquee and any additional structures can be best positioned to maximize space utilisation and create an optimal flow for your day.

Another critical consideration during the site visit is evaluating the ground conditions. We examine factors such as terrain, ground slope, and any potential obstacles that may impact the setup process allowing us to ensure a stable and safe setup for the marquee. Logistical considerations also come into play; we assess access points for delivery vehicles, proximity to utilities such as power sources and water, and any other logistical challenges that may need to be addressed in advance. This problem-solving approach helps minimise disruptions and ensures a smooth setup process. Furthermore, the site visit enables us to customise our services based on the site’s features and limitations whilst ensuring it suits your specific needs and preferences.

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Inital Plans

After conducting a thorough site visit, our team will begin the process of creating personalised aerial plans for your marquee setup. These plans are meticulously crafted to reflect the unique layout and specifications of your space, taking into account all of the details discussed during the site visit. The aerial plans serve as visual representations of how the marquee and any additional structures will be positioned within the venue and they provide a bird’s-eye view of the entire setup, allowing you to visualize how everything will come together on the big day.

Once the aerial plans are finalised, we will update your quotation accordingly. This ensures that the quotation accurately reflects the scope of work and the services provided from the offset, giving you full transparency and peace of mind. With the personalised aerial plans and updated quotation in hand, you can proceed with confidence, knowing that your marquee setup will be meticulously planned and executed to perfection. We are dedicated to turning your wedding dreams into reality, one detail at a time.

Booking Your Marquee

Once you’ve fallen in love with your tailored package, it’s time to secure your date. At this stage, we request a 25% deposit (50% if booking within the same year as event) to ensure the reservation of your desired marquee for the designated day. With the deposit confirmed, and the marquee availability secured, the countdown to your unforgettable day officially begins!

Peace Of Mind

Once you book with us, rest assured that we diligently secure all your chosen items well in advance, guaranteeing their availability for your special occasion. However, we understand that plans may evolve as the big day approaches. That’s why we prioritise flexibility in our services, ensuring that your marquee arrangements are adaptable as plans move forwards. While some elements may require early commitment due to high demand, we are committed to accommodating adjustments whenever feasible, up to one month before your wedding day.

This approach grants you the peace of mind that you can refine and perfect every detail, even after confirming your booking. Whether it’s tweaking the layout, adding extra items, or adjusting seating arrangements, we’re here to support your vision and ensure that what we provide reflects your evolving desires and preferences.

Planning

 

As the excitement builds, our team is here to support you every step of the way. From the initial site visit to adjusting tent layouts and discussing the all-important décor, we’ll work closely with you to ensure every detail is perfect. Our team are in the office Monday – Friday and are here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the items we think you might want or need based on your ideas.

We will contact you for a catch up zoom call around 3 months prior to the day to go over everything we have discussed; we will update invoices and plans and go through any last minute questions. We can also help liaise with any of your suppliers, for example advising the florist on the dimensions of the flower rings or providing service trestles for your caterers. Our collaborative approach ensures that the planning process is smooth and enjoyable!

The Final Confirmation

As your wedding day draws near, we’ll finalise all the details and ensure everything is ready. We’ll send you a friendly reminder once the final balance is due and we will be here to answer any questions. Our goal is to alleviate any last-minute stress or concerns, allowing you to relax and enjoy every moment of the run up to your big day, knowing that everything is in the hands of professionals who truly care about making your dreams a reality. Your wedding is our priority, and we’re committed to making sure every detail exceeds your expectations.

The Weekend Is Finally Here!!!

As the weekend approaches, the excitement builds! All the planning is about to come to fruition on your much-awaited wedding day. On the day of setup, our team will arrive bright and early and will be working hard throughout the day setting up the marquee, transforming the space into your vision. Sit back, relax, and let us handle the details while you enjoy the moment.

Upon completion, we’ll take the time to walk through the site with you, carefully reviewing every detail to ensure nothing has been overlooked. Your happiness and satisfaction are paramount to us, and we want to ensure that you feel confident and delighted with the final outcome.

Our commitment doesn’t end when we leave the site – we’re always available to address any further questions or concerns you may have, we are just a phone call away and we will leave you with an extensive handover pack and our out of hours contact details, should you require them.

Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we’re dedicated to providing you with an outstanding experience. We hope you have an incredible day, and we can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

Feedback & Referrals 

As the weekend approaches, the excitement builds! All the planning is about to come to fruition on your much-awaited wedding day. On the day of setup, our team will arrive bright and early and will be working hard throughout the day setting up the marquee, transforming the space into your vision. Sit back, relax, and let us handle the details while you enjoy the moment.

Upon completion, we’ll take the time to walk through the site with you, carefully reviewing every detail to ensure nothing has been overlooked. Your happiness and satisfaction are paramount to us, and we want to ensure that you feel confident and delighted with the final outcome.

Our commitment doesn’t end when we leave the site – we’re always available to address any further questions or concerns you may have, we are just a phone call away and we will leave you with an extensive handover pack and our out of hours contact details, should you require them.

Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we’re dedicated to providing you with an outstanding experience. We hope you have an incredible day, and we can’t wait to hear all about it!

What Happens On Build Day

What Happens On Build Day

What Happens on Build Day?

Just as Alexander Graham Bell once wisely said, ‘Preparation is the key to success,’ and this couldn’t ring truer than when it comes preparing for the arrival of our exquisite marquees. We take huge pride, in both our work and your celebration, we like to think we don’t just supply you with a marquee but enjoy the journey with you. Entrusting your wedding to us, means sharing the burden of, what can sometimes be, a stressful planning process. Our team is made of experienced professionals who meticulously check every aspect down to the finer detail. Zoom and phone calls, site visits, personalised aerial site plans; are all just snapshots of the planning journey we will take you on but to ensure a seamless build and perfect conditions for your marquee.

Preparations for Perfection

One of the first elements to the planning process with Original Marquees, is a site visit, a chance for us to ensure the area planned for the marquee is suitable, clear and level. We’ll look at any potential obstacles, either for delivery or the marquee site, as well as any potential safety issues; overhead cables, underground pipes and propose solutions for how to overcome them. Following this, we will produce a personalised aerial site plan to help you and your planner, caterers and suppliers plan for the big day.

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Marquee in Garden

The Perfect Site

Before the build day there are a few things we ask; that any discussed obstacles are removed and the access routes are clear, eliminating any potential delays or problems. As part of our commitment to detail and your satisfaction, we also ask that there be no fires in the vicinity for at least two months prior to the setup. This allows ample time for the lush grass to regenerate, creating a picturesque backdrop for your special day.

Cutting the Grass

And finally, one seemingly small, yet crucial, request: please trim the grass on the site short and gather the cuttings. This seemingly simple act holds substantial importance, as it contributes to an elevated overall experience. A neatly trimmed grass surface not only ensures a smooth and level foundation for the marquee floor which will follow the contours of the ground, but also enhances the aesthetics, providing an impeccable backdrop for those cherished photographs. Trust us, this minor preparation can make a world of difference in the final presentation of your magical space.

Original Marquees provided an incredible marquee and stretch tent for our wedding. They came highly recommended, and we were thrilled with the service all the way through – from initial consultation and site visit, through to set up and clear down. Harry and the team were also able to provide lots of useful advice and ideas on layout/ set up.

LM, Bride, 2023

On Arrival

 On the much-anticipated delivery day, our dedicated team will arrive on site soon after 8am, ready to weave the magic of Original Marquees into your event space. Ideally, we’d love to have you, a parent, or a planner on-site for our arrival. Your presence ensures the final site position is spot-on, and it gives us the chance to discuss the intricacies of the build process. In the event that you can’t be there, worry not – we’ll position the marquee according to the thoroughly crafted   pre-discussed plan.

The King Poles

The first stage in erecting your marquee is the erection of the king poles. Dependant on the size of the marquee chosen, will depend on how many king poles we need to position. The wooden, hand varnished, king poles are the main structure in the sailcloth marquee, the central peaks of our ‘floating canopy.’ Our expert team starts by strategically placing stakes around the marquee’s perimeter, laying the groundwork for the ropes that will later secure the king poles firmly to the ground. Then, up go the king poles, and connecting signature flying festoon lights, to an upright position.

The Canvas

Moving seamlessly to the following stage, we carefully lace together the sailcloth canvas sections, that will form the exquisite canopy that graces the pinnacle of our marquee – the distinctive and graceful swooping roof lines that define the iconic Wills Marquee. These canvas sections connect to the central ring on the king pole but prior to pulling into its designated position, we introduce the wooden wall poles. Mirroring the process with the king pole, these wall poles are secured to the surrounding ground stakes by guide ropes, ensuring a safe secure structure. Once all the poles are in place and secured, the sailcloth canvas top can be raised into position and the canvas walls hung and laced in position. This step holds a special charm for us, as it’s when the marquee truly comes to life.

Infrastructure

After the main structure has been built, we begin the interior set-up – flooring, lighting, bars etc, all the details that can transform your big day into a truly extraordinary experience. It’s our goal to have the marquee structure up and the floor down by early afternoon, with additional elements like furniture, loos, and generators arriving mid-afternoon, completing late afternoon. We purposefully refrain from offering precise timings, adapting to the unique requirements of your special day, maintaining our commitment to attention to detail to deliver a flawless experience.

The Hand Over

Set-up day isn’t just about constructing a structure; it’s about laying the foundation for a day that will be etched in your memory forever. Our journey doesn’t end with the last stake in the ground; it continues as we eagerly await the moment you step into the transformed space, where dreams become reality. Crucially, we urge you to be on-site late afternoon (exact time to be confirmed on the morning with our team) for the pivotal handover. This is when we guide you through turning the generator on and off, the art of opening doors and walls, and lifting and lowering flower rings. While our aim is to complete everything on the day, if needed, or should the job be bigger than average, we’ll happily return the next day, ensuring your absolute satisfaction with the setup.

The De-Rig

On take down day we typically return between 8 and 10 am on the prearranged day, so it’s imperative to have a cleaning process in place, some suppliers may return earlier to remove furniture, staging etc. So, it’s important that any remnants of the celebration have been removed – crockery, bottles, decorations – either the morning after the wedding day or on the last day of use. This ensures a smooth start to dismantling the tent upon our arrival. Whilst we are committed to ensure we leave the site as we found it, we aren’t responsible for the event waste itself so it’s worth having a plan in place for how this will be dealt with either via your caterer/bar or handling it yourself.

Take Down

Disassembling the marquee is a swift process once the interiors have been cleared. After unfastening the canvas walls and lowering the marquee’s top structure, we proceed to remove the wall poles, king poles, and their accompanying guide ropes. Our team works efficiently to dismantle the structure, and once packed away, we take special care to leave no trace behind. Our commitment to cleanliness extends to meticulously clearing any generated waste from the site, ensuring that the area is restored to its original condition. This careful approach not only streamlines the takedown process but also underscores our dedication to leaving the venue as pristine as we found it.

At Original Marquees, we believe in providing not just a marquee but an experience, and your meticulous preparations contribute to making that experience truly magical. Let’s create unforgettable moments together! We are very proud of our 5* service and our testimonials will provide you with reassurance on our reliability and the quality of our service. See here for a recent selection of reviews.

Why Choose a Sailcloth Marquee

Why Choose a Sailcloth Marquee

Why Choose Sailcloth

We understand the critical role a marquee plays in the grand tapestry of your big day. The choice of a marquee significantly influences the ambiance of the wedding. It’s not just a shelter; it’s a space that allows couples to showcase their unique personalities and style. While some may question the necessity of investing in a top-tier marquee for a structure that is ostensibly temporary, reserved for just a single day. As dedicated professionals in the wedding industry, we have cultivated insights that dispel such reservations, after all weddings are expensive and this is your big day, so we know you will want to do it right. Therefore, choosing Original Marquees offers a distinct advantage over other alternatives and here’s why….

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It’s important to choose a marquee that reflects your style and luckily our stunning Sailcloths cater to all styles…

 

Personalisation & Quality

With personalised lighting, flooring, and furniture, a sailcloth marquee allows for creative freedom in designing the perfect atmosphere for your big day. Whether that be a rustic bohemiam feel to a luxury elegant feel, it is important to choose a marquee that reflects your style and luckily our stunning sailcloths cater to all styles. Remember it is much easier to decorate an already beautiful space that is offered by our sailcloth marquees, than trying to spruce up a space which is already not in keeping with your vision.

Our marquees are easily customisable, with fairy lights, to festoons. Chandeliers to lanterns, couples can set the mood they desire for their special day. Our Sailcloths are made of individual pieces of canvas, compared to the sperry alternative of one giant piece, allowing couples to customise the size of their marquee to accommodate their guest list comfortably. It also means depending on availability, couples can change the size of their marquee, by adding more sections to offer a chill out area, or remove sections if their guest list reduces, to give a cozier feel.

The attention to detail is also evident in the inclusion of the smaller details, such as our flying festoons, providing a charming mimic that adds a unique and magical touch to your event. Customisable flags and finials further enhance the personalisation options, making each marquee a bespoke creation tailored to your specific preferences. We also use ropes instead of ratchets, offering a more authentic and traditional approach.

The decision to manufacture these marquees in Britain with Wills Marquees emphasizes a dedication to quality and craftsmanship. The ability to hang decorations and easily install lighting is facilitated by the thoughtful inclusion of rigging, ensuring that your chosen marquee becomes a canvas for your creativity. The lighting and ambiance inside our sailcloth marquees can be controlled to create a romantic and intimate setting with various lighting options and dimmable switches, this can also be altered through the day to reflect the mood, from romantic during the day, to a party vibe late into the evening.

While budget considerations are undeniably important, we can’t emphasize enough, the importance of the long-term impact of investing in a high-quality marquee. A well-crafted sailcloth marquee not only withstands the elements but also adds a touch of elegance and charm to the celebration. We distinguish ourselves through the deliberate choice of using cotton canvas over the cheaper poly-cotton plastic canvas. Ensuring quality, a touch of classic charm and originality that surpasses common alternatives, cotton canvas is also preferred due to its natural, breathable properties. Making it an excellent choice as this natural material allows air to circulate, creating a comfortable atmosphere within the marquee, which is especially crucial for events during the summer months.

Furthermore, cotton canvas possesses a unique ability to age gracefully, developing an elegant patina over time that complements the luxurious setting of our marquees. Couples who prioritise quality are rewarded with a magical and memorable atmosphere that enhances the joy of their special day and looking at our testimonials you will see why your guests will notice the difference. Many of our testimonials reflect on comments from their guests saying how beautiful the marquee was, the incredible quality of the canvas and the high-end finish to all elements inside and out. 

Marquee Over Venue…

 

Our marquees offer the space to create a more intimate atmosphere compared to a large, impersonal venue. Choosing the best marquee size for you allows you to make sure you have enough space for all elements of your day whilst offering a close-knit feeling, fostering a sense of warmth and connection among guests. We will put your marquee in the location of your choice, we don’t charge corkage or for extending the festivities into the early hours and we help you with the planning process right from the start, so you can still benefit from our expertise, guidance and reassurance.

You will also have a designated separate space for all your wedding activities, making it easier for vendors, planners, and coordinators to organise the days logistics. Think a designated space for dining, dancing, the all-important bar and perhaps a chill out area instead of trying to fit everything into a small space which results in pauses during the day, where all guests need to leave the space for it to be turned around by your suppliers. This contributes to smoother coordination and execution of the wedding day and a much nicer flow for you and your guests.

 

Location….

 

Our marquees allow couples that have always envisioned an outdoor wedding, to choose a location that holds sentimental value to them whilst offering breathtaking views whilst reassuring that you have shelter and a beautiful setting to get married. This will create a unique and memorable experience for both the couple and their guests and as marquee weddings offer location flexibility, you can make the most of incredible views and perhaps host the big day somewhere special to you. Whether that be on a family property, in a neighbouring field, on the shores of a lake or on the grounds of a stately home, your marquee will allow you to host your festivities in your dream location.

Your marquee will provide the backdrop to the entire day, so again the quality and style plays a huge role in enhancing the views rather than obscuring or deflecting from them. Depending on the location you choose and the logistics it encompasses, choosing a marquee wedding can often be a cost-effective alternative to booking a traditional venue.

 

This cost saving can then be redirected towards other aspects of your wedding planning, such as entertainment, catering, or planning your dream honeymoon. Your family and friends can also be as involved as you like when decorating too, and involving close relatives in the wedding preparations can add a sentimental and familial touch to your celebration.

 

Another huge bonus is the opportunity for extendable celebration hours. There is no curfew in your marquee, which means no need to worry about the party ending too soon or unexpected fees for wanting to extend the evening beyond the average midnight finish. Our marquees also have the advantage of being access friendly for any guests that require wheelchair access, so no one will be excluded from any area element of the day.

 

Weather Proof

 

It is also a well-known fact that particularly in the United Kingdom, the weather can be a little unpredictable. The marquee you choose should provide shelter from the rain, wind, excessive sun and should ensure the wedding can proceed smoothly regardless of the weather conditions. So knowing your marquee is well crafted, made from durable materials and can withstand all the elements will ensure you can enjoy your day regardless of the weather.

Our marquees offer protection against the elements to ensure your day runs smoothly and your guests are comfortable. For example, the addition of a valance around the perimeter of the tent distinguishes these sailcloth marquees from others, showcasing a commitment to craftsmanship and design that goes beyond the ordinary which also provides a practical benefit of protection against run off, ensuring your marquee will withstand all the elements.

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Choosing Original Marquees offers a distinct advantage over other alternatives and here’s why…..

 

Why Sailcloth Compared To Other Types Of Marquees? 

The choice between sailcloth marquees and other types of marquees or tipis for weddings ultimately depends on personal preferences, the wedding theme, and specific requirements. Both options have their own unique characteristics and appeal but there are some reasons why some people might prefer sailcloth marquees over tipis for weddings:

Sailcloth marquees are often associated with a polished and professional appearance. They have a classic and elegant timeless look compared to alternatives that come and go with ever changing fashion tastes. Our cotton canvas is a light cream fabric and we offer see through walls to allow natural light to filter through during the day and creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Compared to tipis, our marquees offer a much lighter and brighter space that equally feels cosy at night with a soft, romantic ambiance when lit from within.

Due to their neutral light colour, they also offer the flexibility to suit any colour scheme during the day and also perhaps even change the colour theme in the evening, by casing light onto the canvas or using draping to bring a splash of colour to your marquee. Our sailcloth marquees have high ceilings and an open layout, creating a spacious and airy atmosphere. This can be appealing for couples who want to avoid a more enclosed feeling and desire a sense of openness in their wedding venue.

They also reduce the greenhouse effect that you can perhaps experience in some of the clear span glass marquee alternatives. The last thing you need in the run up to your wedding is worrying about bad weather AND the sun shining. You want to hope the sun comes out on your big day, you don’t want to worry it might mean your marquee becomes too hot or blinding with glare from the sun.

2023 Highlights

2023 Highlights

2023 Highlights

Well, another amazing year passes by in a flash – we have so many great memories to remember. A year that can be seen as ‘beyond covid’, with no postponements to deliver, felt very special. We have learnt so much over the last 3 years – both about our small business, but also the wider wedding industry. We’re super proud to come out as a stable business, but also of how each of our team have committed to improving literally everything possible, to ensure we stand out.

On team, our amazing full-time team, now 6, have been outstanding – both in the office and the field.

Being a relatively small team, means we all have to turn our hand to a variety of tasks – which keeps life interesting, but also can add to the daily challenges.

In January we welcomed Carla to the team. Working closely with Eleanor, Carla manages our bookings with all suppliers, and our clients in the run up to their events – this has transformed OM, increased our efficiency, removed all grey areas, and improved the experience, both for OM and our clients. Eleanor has consistently been in the driving seat, managing both new and existing business, keeping the ops team up to date and just generally 5 Star.

Operationally, 2023 saw us deliver considerably less events vs 2022 – and this was a conscious decision – giving us more time on each event, a smaller seasonal workforce, and less vehicles required. We will do less again in 2024, determined to get the balance right, and ensure we continue to exceed the expectations on every job.

Alistair & Dave led the small army of seasonal workers throughout the season, ensuring everyone kept moving, in the same direction – with a smile on their faces.

Original Marquees provided an incredible marquee and stretch tent for our wedding. They came highly recommended and we were thrilled with the service all the way through – from initial consultation and site visit, through to set up and clear down. Harry and the team were also able to provide lots of useful advice and ideas on layout/ set up.

LM, Bride, 2023

80 percent of our work is ‘Weddings’ – which we love. We still (500+ events later) feel honoured to work with our clients on their special event.

The feeling never changes, offering us so much satisfaction – long may it last! This helped by working so closely with our brides, grooms and planners to be different (original), not being afraid to ask and not stopping until everything is absolutely perfect.

Aside from weddings, we delivered several private parties – 18th, 40th and 60th Birthdays – wedding anniversaries – all very special occasions with the same attention to the details and desire to impress.

We also delivered a variety of corporate events. This saw our first visit to Ditchley Park for the annual lecture for 500 guests – we were at Henley Regatta at the Leander Club, the most historic, prestigious and successful rowing club in the world! Our final event for our Southern team was Cornbury House Horse Trials – a modern take on eventing, where they hosted 900+ entries for showjumping and cross-country formats. We supplied marquees for the public bar, the owners, The Pelican hospitality, and primarily shade – in what was an incredibly hot week!

It is always an absolute pleasure working with The Original Marquee team, who consistently ensure that the planning process and the build itself is precise, efficient & enjoyable. They always go above and beyond for our couples, offering customer service that is the perfect combination of professional and fun.

Jane Riddell, Planned for Perfection

On which, the weather!! A massive part of our job, and sadly one that we cannot control. 2023 was certainly an interesting one! Early April was torrential, but was followed by 14 weeks of sunshine, with very little rain. Then, as soon as the kids broke up for the summer, the rain made an appearance almost every week, until the end of August. Whilst it did make planning (outdoor ceremonies & drinks receptions) a little complicated – we managed to keep everyone covered throughout. The feedback we received, was that wet weddings make for the best parties!

Throughout the season, we have had the pleasure of working with some of, if not the best suppliers on the circuit – which keeps us progressing, and ensuring we never get complacent! This includes wedding planners: Tebbey & CoAttabara, ByChenai, Planned for Perfection, Pocket Full of Dreams & Kerry Poulter

Also regularly working with a range of caterers , we understand ‘needs’, enhancing the experience for both the suppliers, and clients. These include Karen Rhodes Catering, Doggart & Squash, Ross & Ross, Foray, Quince and Clover, Yorkshire Party Company and Sojo Kitchen. All of whom can be seen on our suppliers pages for the north and the south.

Around 40% of our work takes place at ‘wedding venues’ – for which we are also very lucky. Be it in the north, or the south, we (along with many others) think these are some of the very best venues in not only the UK, but also the world!

2024

Going into the new year – we have lots to look forward to. Many great events to plan and deliver up and down the country, linking up with great suppliers, at amazing places for our amazing clients. We can’t wait to get started!

We have recently moved into a new premises in Oxfordshire, which has a very swanky office, in which we’re hoping to host guests for coffee and cakes in the new year – so, if you’d like to come and say hi, let us know we’d love to see you!

Whilst we’re not adding or making big changes to our stock for 2024, we will be offering the new Wills Portico – an amazing focal point for your entrance, or to bridge the gap between marquees. Wills are also in the final stages of developing an amazing new structure – 18m wide, and up to 50m long – this really will be the best structure available for large events.

Finally, this being the first, we will be publishing a series of journals, real events, and suppliers interviews throughout the year, so keep an eye on your inbox throughout the year.

We wish everyone the very best wishes for the year ahead

Real Wedding - Harry & Charlotte

Working at Wedding Venues

Working at Wedding Venues

Why we love wedding venues

Throughout our summer season, we work at a wide range of venues – both private homes and wedding venues. Both have so many benefits – with not many negatives.  A wedding at home, offers an incredible amount of flexibility, with the freedom to do as you wish – but we don’t all have the space to do this!

Thankfully, dotted around the country, there are hundreds of wedding venues, that specifically offer marquee weddings – as opposed to offering wedding barn facilities.

We are very lucky to have strong relationships with some of the best marquee wedding venues in the country (& world)! Today, we will highlight the reasons we like to work with wedding venues, and the benefits they offer to the bride and groom. Each venue presents a distinctive canvas for creativity. The team takes pride in tailoring their marquee offerings to complement the unique characteristics of each location, ensuring a seamless integration that enhances the overall wedding experience. 

 

Planning a wedding is a one off – unless you work in the industry, or wider events industry. It’s unlikely that you have worked on an event of this scale before – so, harnessing knowledge and experience from your suppliers will be invaluable! In our opinion, this is the first, and most important benefit of a wedding venue – they’ve done it before and know what they’re doing! Yes, there may have been a wedding in the same place the week before, but every element of every wedding is on repeat – the church, the caterer, the band, the marquee – all deliver weddings, week in week out – you’re not the first! But use this to your advantage, and pick your suppliers / venue to create your unique day.

It is always an absolute pleasure working with The Original Marquee team, who consistently ensure that the planning process and the build itself is precise, efficient & enjoyable. They always go above and beyond for our couples, offering customer service that is the perfect combination of professional and fun.

Jane Riddell, Planned For Perfection

Each venue presents a distinctive canvas for creativity. The team takes pride in tailoring their marquee offerings to complement the unique characteristics of each location, ensuring a seamless integration that enhances the overall wedding experience.

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An insight into a few of the venues we work at, and can recommend:

The Casterton Grange Estate, designed by iconic 19th Century architect Ewan Christian boasts a history steeped in English tradition.

The house was designed with entertaining in mind. The flexible spaces and interconnecting rooms make Casterton Grange perfect for hosting parties and events of all kinds. It’s a place to relax in, to celebrate in and most importantly, to make memories in.

Cornwell Manor, in Oxfordshire is a beautiful private manor house, set in its own 2000 acres of Cotswold countryside. It is available for private hire weekends each summer, for weddings or parties.

Cornwell manor has two ‘pitches’. The beautiful croquet lawn, at the foot of the renowned steps, and the larger pitch in the parkland adjacent to the church – both super special.

Edenhall Estate is a private estate with luxury accommodation, for up to 70 guests. There is the choice between two spectacular event sites nestled between The Lake District & The Pennines

High Barn sits at the top of the estate, with incredible views of the eastern fells. The second site, is on the estate lawn, overlooking the private late, deer park and the Pennines.

Newington House, Oxfordshire is one of the finest private estates in England. Just an hour from London, this country home is set within 50 acres of impeccable Oxfordshire countryside.

With undisturbed panoramas of Windermere 365 days a year, Silverholme Manor is an unforgettable home from home to make your own. Whisk your guests away with you to the place of your dreams and fall in love in a world that has romanced, not only some of English literature’s greats, but a whole nation.

Culden Faw Estate, Oxfordshire is a 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Within the estate there are many beautiful wedding locations from riverside meadows to the forest opening, our favourite is Greenland’s Park.

Capheaton Hall is a place for people to come and enjoy the very best of Northumberland. It is unbelievably tranquil, old-fashioned and relaxed. Staying here is a chance to make this wonderful place yours and indulge in gentleness, serenity and relaxation. At Capheaton, you are not just visiting a lovely old Estate, you are becoming part of a small but rich and vibrant rural community and we do hope you love it as much as we do.

The house, grounds and estate make Belcombe Court a perfect venue for exclusive, romantic weddings. Belcombe has a licence for civil ceremonies for those couples who would like to get married on site. The plentiful grounds means opportunities are endless.

Cotswold Field of Dreams  offers a truly unique and memorable location for your event, party or wedding. It offers privacy and freedom to do what you want, exactly the way you want to do it. If you are after a site to hire for an event, wedding or party then look no further.

From the point of first contact, and hearing the choice of venue, our team will know immediately the capabilities of the site- where the marquee will go, the best size to fit the space, how the site will be accessed, what ancillary requirements there are, the list goes on.

Essentially putting you on the front foot for planning, removing many what-ifs, and allowing us both to talk about making our offering and your day, bespoke.

Most wedding venues have recommended suppliers – including caterers, planners, loo companies and generator suppliers – meaning there is a collective understanding and expectation amongst suppliers on how to deliver at ‘said’ venue. This is also the same for non-venue weddings. From our side, we learn, and take note of specific requests – making these requests the ‘norm’. We firmly believe that anything we can do to assist our fellow suppliers deliver to the best of their ability benefits our mutual client, exceeding expectations at every opportunity.

As mentioned above, wedding venues will generally operate a ‘recommended supplier list’. This is a list of suppliers that the venue trusts to deliver to the standards expected by the venue. Most lists will include a variety suppliers, to suit different styles, budgets and availability. To ensure you guarantee the service you would expect, we would highly recommend utilising the list – rather than bringing in other suppliers – to avoid any surprises! Also, amongst the lists, make sure you ask suppliers about each other – caterer about marquee, marquee about loos etc.. Each will offer invaluable advice!

Still on supplier lists – the ever-important factor of ‘Sustainability! Almost all venues we work with, work with local suppliers. Suppliers that operate no more than 60 miles of their HQ.

There is two benefits here. Firstly, it means suppliers aren’t traveling excess miles to deliver, thus less fuel, emissions etc.

Secondly, they are nearby should there be a problem – it’s going to be an hour, maybe two to get support when needed.

Many venues come with the option for onsite accommodation. Selecting a wedding venue with accommodation streamlines the celebration, offering unparalleled convenience for both couples and guests. The on-site lodging transforms the venue into a retreat, perfect for destination weddings or scenic locations like the Cotswolds. For couples, it ensures a stress-free environment, allowing them to focus on the joyous moments without logistical concerns. From a logistical perspective, this choice simplifies event planning, ensuring a seamless timeline.

View our recommended supplier lists for the North and South.

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Keep an eye out for our feature on venues over the next few weeks.

Why Original Marquees?

Why Original Marquees?

Why Original Marquees?

There really isn’t anything better than a proper English wedding, outdoors under natural canvas. Our marquees are bright and airy during the day with the option to fully open all the sides creating the distinctive ‘floating canopy’ look. As the day turns to night our signature ‘Flying Festoon’ lights illuminate the swooping roof lines and fluttering flags. The warm glow of the marquee draws people in like a moth to a flame and the party goes on.

Choosing a marquee company for your wedding day is an important decision that will impact not only the tone of the day but also the whole planning process. With a combined 40 years of experience in the events industry, we take huge pride, in both our work and your celebration. We promise to transform your big day into a truly extraordinary experience, from start to finish!

 

When entrusting the creation of your dream wedding space to us, there are several key considerations that couples often want to know, so let us share why choosing Original Marquees for your wedding day is a decision that goes beyond simply picking a marquee company….

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Let us share why choosing Original Marquees for your wedding day is a decision that goes beyond simply picking a marquee company…

 

British Luxury –

Made in Yorkshire

One of the standout features of Original Marquees is the origin of our marquees. Our luxury sailcloth marquees are handmade by Wills Marquees, based in Yorkshire, using traditional materials and old fashioned know how, our canvas and wooden pole marquees create a magical space that will stand the test of time.

Traditional and timeless Sailcloth

Our marquees stand out for several reasons, making them a preferred option for those seeking a touch of elegance and romance. The translucent fabric used in sailcloth marquees allows natural light to permeate, creating a soft and inviting ambiance during the day. This unique feature enhances the overall aesthetic, providing a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor elements and perfectly creates a diffused natural light for stunning photographic opportunities.

Secondly, the versatility of sailcloth marquees also adds to their appeal. Their design allows for open sides, providing guests with breathtaking views of picturesque landscapes, a particularly desirable feature for weddings in scenic locations.

Our marquees are also designed with the British weather in mind, ensuring that the celebration can continue smoothly regardless of the elements, and they also avoid a baking green house effect that some marquee designs have once the sun shines. This practical feature adds to the reliability of sailcloth marquees and ensures comfort to your guests no matter the weather.

 

Expertise & Experience

Entrusting your wedding to us, means sharing the burden of, what can sometimes be, a stressful planning process. Our team is made of experienced professionals who meticulously check every aspect down to the finer detail. Zoom and phone calls, site visits, personalised aerial site plans; are all just snapshots of the planning journey we will take you on, and it will leave you free to savour every moment of your celebration and be confident that it is in our teams very capable hands. 

Cost Transparency

Clear and transparent pricing is crucial. We find couples appreciate knowing the full cost breakdown and not hiding any potential additional charges. Our quotations include the cost of each individual item, so you can pick and choose what you would like us to provide and even after you book, we stay flexible to allow you to make changes throughout the planning process! We find this transparency enables trust and crucially it helps you stay within your budget.

 

Additional Services

We can provide more than just the marquee! We can provide everything you will require to bring your vision to life. Such as lighting, furnishings, and décor. Plus, we have curated a network of trusted suppliers that we can sub hire facilities like generators and toilets from. These suppliers are trustworthy, offer good value for money and provide exceptional quality products for your big day. So, if you wish, all these items can be booked through us and you only have to deal with us, instead of juggling several suppliers.

Picture the week before your big day, you’re enjoying the final preparations of getting your hair and nails done and not drowning in multiple emails from several suppliers. We will liaise with your suppliers and answer any of their questions on the marquee and extra hired items to ensure the smooth running of your big day, so that you don’t have to.

Customisation Options

We believe that for weddings, ‘nothing is too much trouble.’ We love to step out of our comfort zone and bring your ideas to life. Our marquees are a blank canvas and together with you, your families and your chosen suppliers we will help bring your ideas to life. It’s our commitment to ensuring that every detail aligns with your vision, contributing to the creation of a masterpiece that is uniquely yours.

Reviews & Testimonials

You are about to plan the biggest day of your lives, and we understand it is important to seek feedback from previous clients to read their experience of working with us. We are very proud of our 5* service and our testimonials will provide you with reassurance on our reliability and the quality of our service. See here for a recent selection of reviews

Hand Picked Local Suppliers

Choosing Original Marquees means gaining access to our carefully curated network of local suppliers, whom we have worked with for years and consider them as part of our wider events family! We spent years building relationships with venues, florists, photographers, planners, caterers & furniture suppliers within the events industry to ensure that every aspect of your event is seamlessly integrated. 

 

Weather Contingency Plans

Marquee weddings allow you to celebrate your love with your family and friends in beautiful places, in the great outdoors and allowing you to utilise beautiful views whether that be at home in your garden, to a local farmers field to a grand stately home! However, living in the UK sadly means we aren’t guaranteed a perfect blue-sky day. However, we put your mind at ease as our wealth of experience offers multiple contingency plans.

Our walls all roll up or down, so if the weather is warm, they can be rolled up to offer a alfresco outside dining experience. If the wind picks up and the clouds start to darken, our clear walls quickly roll down and offer protection against any elements without blocking light or the all-important views. Our tents withstand wind, rain & heat and we will provide plans to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of your guests regardless of the weather.

Venue Compatibility

Clients want assurance that the chosen marquee is suitable for their selected venue. Questions about size, layout, and logistics are common, ensuring a seamless fit with the chosen location, we will come to do a site visit to first and foremost, meet you, get to know you, look at the site, answer any questions and put your mind at ease over any concerns.

 

Insurance & Safety Measures

Safety is paramount, and we take it very seriously. We take every safety precaution, and we are fully covered with public liability insurance. Weddings can be costly, therefore we highly recommend you take out wedding insurance to cover your entire event (from your marquee, flowers, band, even down to your wedding cake, it should all be covered!) including your own public liability insurance, so that you are always financially protected.

We also offer an optional damage waiver policy on our quotations and can give you advice and recommendations for insurance to help make sure your money is protected.

Timelines & Logistics

Clear communication on timelines and logistics is essential, so that you can have a stress-free planning experience. Right from the initial enquiry, we will outline what you can expect from us. Starting with the planning process right through to set up and take down, we will give you a step-by-step guide.

 

Sustainability

Marquees with a conscience: events by nature, can be very wasteful, so in an era where sustainability is a key consideration, our marquees are crafted with a commitment to environmental responsibility without compromising on quality. They reflect a conscientious choice, sourcing natural materials and are locally made making them the ideal option for those who seek elegance without compromising their commitment to the environment.

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