Different types of Marquee & Tent…
Guest post via The Outside Bride team…
Navigating the world of wonderful tents and marquees can be a tricky one, especially now more than ever because we are spoilt for choice, shape and size. So to take the hard work out of searching for your perfect outside venue, we have shortlisted some of the UK’s best suppliers to offer a variation of unique and awe-inspiring styles to get your creative juices going. From Classic to Tipi the popularity of tents and marquees knows no end!
Traditional style marquees have a lovely rustic/ vintage feel to the overall look, made up of canvas sides and king poles through the roof to give shape & stability to the structure. Anchored down by pegs means that the traditional marquee cannot be erected on hard services so this may limit the location to softer more grassy areas. Now there are variations of the traditional marquee such as flat roof, with clear window, sides, and the single petal pole marquee which has equal width all the way around.
Single Petal Pole
Traditional Marquee with flat roof
Multi/Clear Span Marquee
There is a lot to be said for the clear span marquee, it is what you could call a timeless classic which keeps on going! Very much a blank canvas the clear span marquee offers you the chance to really put your own personal touch on the space. It can easily have linings, flooring, doors, pvc or glass roofs and many other extras added on for most occasions. There are no poles in clear span marquees which means their are fewer location restrictions to take into consideration.
Otherwise known as the “Chinese hat” they have many uses, in that they can stand alone and become a chill out area, reception drinks, band tent or joined together can create an outside venue catering to all of your guests. Like with all good tents you can add sides as were as have your pick of various sizes.
Yurts have a long ancient history with nomads and have always been traditionally circular in shape, in the centre they would be a hole in the roof which would act like a chimney. The structure comprises of an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown.
Unforgettable in appearence moroccan marquees are a staple to many festival weekends, but also make a great addition to many relaxed/wedfest weddings. Similar in structure to the traditional marquee with the addition of striking black & white canvas motif and luxurious lining to take you to a different continent.
Stretch tents are amazing when it comes to flexibility and their ability to be configured in countless ways. Which means they can really work with your space and location. Architecturally they look modern and stylish with your choice of openings, so when the weather is good you can let the summer breeze through.
Unique and alternative Domes are fast becoming a modern & popular choice for outside venues. Crystal ball like in structure, you can opt for a single dome, double dome and single dome with sail to accommodate your guests. If you want to let the outside in then a dome is a great way of doing it.
Tipis or (tepee/teepee) have been very trendy the last couple of years and its not hard to see why. Heavy associated with the bohemian theme offering a festival inspired party space for everyone to enjoy all night long. With an open side the tipi often allows guests to move between the inside and outside space freely. Hardy in material the humble tipi can withstand the great British weather no matter what it throws at your special day.
Whatever you choose for your special day, outside venues remain a popular choices across the board, whether you see yourself as a traditional bride or maybe less conventional there is a tent or marquee for you.
A big thank you to all the suppliers which collaborated with us on this piece.
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