Thursday April 3 2014.


If you’re thinking of or have already booked a marquee for your big day, then you need to read these wedding marquee design ideas from Rio Lounge.  The boutique furniture hire company have dressed many a marquee from chinese hat pagodas to aluminium frame tents so lets get inspired.

One of the advantages of hiring a marquee for your wedding is that it is a blank canvas ready and waiting for your creative input.  You’re not constrained by the colours of the wallpaper or carpets like with a permanent function room – you’re not even constrained by four walls.  Marquees are a flexible space and they can be whatever you want to make them.

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A fashionable item for marquees in 2014 are oversized letter lights.   These light-up letters spelling out words or your names can be hung up or free standing.  The advantage is that they create light as well as provide a fun focal point.  In fact, lighting is a key feature of many marquees.  Check with your marquee hire company for what they can provide and don’t be afraid to ask about alternatives such as fairy lights, glitter balls and sparkling stars for the walls.

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If you’re a fan of all things Ibiza, then our wedding marquee design ideas for creating a club-style atmosphere is for you.  Fun and relatively simple to achieve once you have your dance floor and your club-style lighting, then furniture comes next.  Lounge style sofas and chairs can be all-white with cushions and throws in bright colours, or even in shimmery gold or silver. Use stylish chill out furniture to make a welcoming space to relax, either inside or out in the garden area.  This is ideal for hot summer nights and with the addition of potted shrubs gives a Mediterranean holiday feel.


If you want something a little more chic rustic, then another popular style is traditional French.  Think Marie Antoinette and go for furniture in white and floral patterns.  Carved, whitewashed wooden chairs are very on trend, and look fab against plain white tablecloths with ornate gold centrepieces.  Chandeliers are also an option, though you may need to check with your marquee company if hanging lights are possible and permitted.

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The next of our wedding marquee design ideas is the traditional English garden party which is popular and very stylish.  Plain wooden trellis tables and matching benches, adorned with centrepieces made from fresh flowers and greenery bring the outdoors in.  For that little extra bit of the countryside, why not make your seating from hay bales and cover with white or gingham sheets?  Glass lanterns with candles provide outdoor lighting as the sun goes down and finally, bunting looks great both inside and out.


Marquees are a blank canvas and if you prefer something a bit more colourful, then go for it!

Whether you want to have a wedding theme of just one colour or several, there are so many ways you can use it.  Tablecloths, balloon arches, draping across the ceiling, flowers, wall hangings, lights – all can be tailored for your exact requirements. Don’t be afraid of colourful themes such as fairground or nautical; a few stripy deckchairs, some colourful bunting and balloons are easy enough to get hold of and make a fabulous statement.

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With a marquee, the options really can be endless. Get researching those themes and make yours work for you.

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