If you’re dreaming of an outdoor, woodland or festival style wedding, the likelihood is you’re going to need to hire a marquee. Your venue tends to be one of the most costly parts of a wedding and doing things al fresco is no different. In fact doing the casual, laid back, outdoorsy thing can actually end up being even MORE stressful and costly than going for an indoor space as you’ll need to think about things like electricity, loos and access.
However, marquees are the perfect blank canvas to express your individuality and personal style with decor and location so it’s no wonder they continue to be such a popular option for Rock n Roll brides and grooms!
Before you decide which company to book your marquee with, here are some questions to ask your each company you enquire with to make sure you pick the one right for you:
♥ Are they available on your date?
♥ Can they work with your location?
♥ Do they carry out no obligation site visits?
♥ Can they show you photos of previous weddings they’ve worked on?
♥ How do the rates work – it is one price for everything or do you need to pay for extra things on top?
♥ What style of marquees do they have?
♥ What kind of flooring does the marquee have?
♥ Can they provided a floor plan?
♥ How long do they need to set up the marquee and when will they take it down?
♥ Do they have insurance?
♥ Can they also provide services such as toilets and power and if so what are the costs?
♥ Can they also provide tables, chairs, heating, lighting?
♥ Is VAT included in the price?
♥ How much deposit is required to secure a booking and how can we pay?
♥ When is the final balance due?
To make the whole marquee process so much easier you need to check out Marqueebookings.co.uk. They act as the wedding planner between you and the marquee companies and they have ALL THE INFORMATION YOU MIGHT NEED in one, easy to navigate website – think of them like the AirBnB or GoCompare of marquee hire. They take all the hard work out of the research and all the stress out of managing your booking.
Lottie and Dave were married at the Union Club in Soho, London. As they planned everything from Hong Kong, where they now live, they didn’t see it until two days before the wedding but it ended up being completely perfect for what they wanted. They didn’t want a specific theme, just for it to feel like them. That meant photos in guitar shops, Chinese Lucky Cats, the men in kilts, NOLA jazz and a live jam session.
“Soho played a major part in our relationship”, began Lottie, “we hung out in Denmark Street’s music shops and drinking holes, and my first apartment was in a mouse infested studio above the 12 Bar. Eclectic flamboyance, Rock n Roll, neon lights and vibrant diversity sum up our home from home. The most important thing was that there was more party than formality! We kept the traditions we genuinely loved, and threw caution to the wind with everything else.”
January 8th 2019 has been highlighted in my calendar for the past 10 months, circled in a hot pink Sharpie and covered in gold star stickers. Why? Because today’s the day that my book finally comes out!
The build up to this has been such an exciting few months, teasing bits and pieces on my social media and seeing all those pre-orders come in. Between announcing and now we actually sold out of the stock we ordered from the publishers (TWICE!), which is quite frankly AMAZING (don’t worry we ordered more right away so you can still grab one!) I can’t believe how many of you have pre-ordered a signed copy from us, thank you SO MUCH.
If you did pre-order and you are in the UK then your copy should arrive with you in the next few days (check your email for a dispatch notification) or in a week or so if you’re abroad.
So, what exactly is the book about?
Rock n Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide for Alternative Brides is everything I know about planning a wedding, extracted from my brain and beautifully presented in a completely gorgeous, hardback coffee table book. I’ve answered pretty much every question I’ve ever been asked about creating an alternative wedding within these 208 full-colour pages.
This book will help you navigate the muddy waters of planning a wedding that goes against the grain. It’ll help you with everything from figuring out timelines and budgeting, setting your theme, choosing your dress, finding suppliers who ‘get’ you, dealing with difficult family dynamics and coping with the post-wedding blues. This book features gorgeous imagery to inspire you, but most importantly, it’s packed with practical advice that will help you plan your wedding in your own unique way.
This book is for everyone who’s ever considered themselves an outsider, a weirdo, someone who doesn’t quite fit in. Being Rock n Roll is not about being rebellious or even thinking of the
most out-there ideas that you can, it’s simply about planning a wedding that reflects you, your partner and your love.